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Vol. 134 No. 13 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 1939 



48 PAGES 



BmY WANTS irWOOD COIN 



Dramatic Critics Box Score 



Season of 1938-39 

(Sept. 14. 1938-Mav 25, 1939) 
Key to •bbrevIaUoiis: SB (^lows reviewed), B (rlsht), W <wrons), 
O (no oplnjou •xpreised). Pet. (peroentare). 

SB B W O Pet. 

ANDEBSON (Joutul-American) 73 62 11 0 .84* 

WATTS (HendA XrU>une) 74 ftl 13 0 .824 

COLEMAN (Miirov)^ 45 B7 « » .822' 

WHIPPLE (Wodd-Telegrain). 6a . 66 12 1 .n2 

WINCHELL (Mirror) 20 23 6 0 . .ttH 

BBOWN (Post), 63 49 13 1 .778 

MANTLE (News) 69 53 IS 1 .768 

LOCKBIDGE (Sun) 74 56 18 0 .757 

ATKINSON (Times) 74 55 18 1 .743 

(Score based on 76 new shows oovcred by flrst stringers) 

VABIETT (Combined) 76 64 12 0 .842 



John Anderson 1st Time Winner 
Of N. Y. Drama Critics Boxscore 



John- Anderson, of the New York 
Journal-American, is the winner of 
the Variety boxscore of daily news- 
paper drama critics for the Broad- 
yray season of 1938-39. It's his flrst 
Win, although he has generally been 
^ell up In the.ratings and last year 
yua runner-up to John Mason Brown, 
Of the New Yorlt Post, who copped. 
Anderson's average was .849, the 
lowest percentage to win top honors 
in the last eight years and well be- 
low his i)18 score In placing second 
last year. Brown set a high record 
In winning last year with an average 
of ,935, 

Runner-up this year is Richard 
Watts, Jr., of the Herald Tribune, 
with an average of .824. Others and 
their scores were as follows: Robert 
Coleman (Mirror), .822; Sidney B. 
Whipple (World -Telegram), .812; 
Walter Winch ell, (Mirror), .793; 
Brown, .778; Burns Mantle (News), 
.788; Richard Lockridge (Sun), .757, 
and J. Brooks Atkinson (Times), .743. 

Outstanding feature of this season's 
tabulation is the slump taken by 
nearly all the reviewers. Only 
Whipple, with a climb of nine points 
over his 1937-38 ratings, bettered his 
previous percentage. All the others 
dropped. Combifted average for all 
the. critics was .793, compared to the 
.853 figure last year, bearing out the 
evidence that the recent season was 
(Continued on page 42) 



CLASSY CHASSIS LASSIES 
ENJOYING A FAIR BOOM 



It's a flgleaf bonanza for the nudie 
performers these days. The N. Y. 
' Fair is the direct answer. So many 
Undraped shows that the lassies with 
the classy chassis are getting above 
par wages. 

The entrepreneurs realize this by 
frankly Stating that if they strip 
most of 'em can't do anything 
heyond the epidermis display. If 
can dance, they may be shy on 
we streamlining, etc. 



Chester, Boy From Good 
Family, in the Band Biz 

Detroit, June '6. 

Bob Chester, son of Mrs. Albert 
Fisher and scion of the Fisher Body 
manufacturers, debuts as a band 
leader soon. Currently rehearsing a 
14-piece outfit in New York com- 
prised of five brass, four rhythm and 
five sax, including his own. 

Not tied to any booking agency 
and has no recording affiliations so 
far. 



HGHT TELECAST 

SHOWS UP rrs 

PROBLEMS 



By HOBE MOBBISON 

Telecast of the Max Baer-Lou 
Nova' heavyweight fight last Thurs- 
day night (1) from the Yankee Sta- 
dium, N, Y, by NBC offered one of 
the best tests of television in the 
U. S. so far. Reports from England 
have been favorable regarding tele- 
vision for covering fights, but this 
is the first to be televised in this 
country. The U. S. preem was by no 
means as auspicious. 

Experiment was nardly a com- 
plete success, but it did demonstrate 
the possibilities. It also brought out 
a number ot problems that will have 
to be met. 

It was evident that in its present 
state television fails to show suffici- 
ent detail. Although Sam Taub, who 
was at a special mike for the tele- 
cast, spoke repeatedly of Max Baer's 
facial injuries, not a trace of a mark 
was visible in the picture on the re- 
ceiver lid. Furthermore, nothing 
could be distinguished of the flght- 
(Continued on page 28) 



SEE LUTE STIIRT 
FOrmO LEGIT 



General Uncertainty of Cur- 
rent Plays, Due to the 
Fair, Etc, Pitches . Broad 
way Interest Anew, on Film 
Bankrolling Next Season 



LOOKS FAVORABLE 



Start of the 1939-40 production sea- 
son will probably again be late, such 
being the Indications despite the fact 
that the summer has only just start- 
ed. Managers are undecided about 
their future activities because of the 
uncertainty about business, none be- 
ing confident that the slump, which 
started with the debut.of the World's 
Fair, will soon end. 

Some have scripts In finished form 
but are holding back casting until 
some line can be obtained ' on 
whether Fair visitors during July 
will patronize theatres. Some ob- 
servers are confident ot an upturn, 
but most showmen appear to be 
skeptical and figure that if the Fair 
continues to be a deterrent during 
the summer, the same conditions 
may apply to early fall. 

Hollywood participation in legit 
shows is seen upping production. 
The Coast coin has been absent for 
more than two years, but Broadway 
managers now would welcome a 
slice ot It. An agreement between 
picture interests and the Dramatists 
Guild has been In the making for 
eight months. Both sides basically 
concur on the new contract and a 
final draft Is being drawn up. 

Stated that in about two weeks 
the factions will confer, and while 
the terms are not expected to be 
100% acceptable, the pact Is virtu- 
ally sure ot being consummated be- 
fore the end of summer. As yet no 
tieups between film execs and legit 
showmen are known to have been 
made, but tentative deals are report- 
ed. Number of picture people have 
conceded that Broadway contacta 
for talent and material have been 
(Continued on page 44) 



Screen Biogs on Marie 
Lloyd, Stephen Foster 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Male lead in 'Marie Lloyd,' story 
about the English music hall star, to 
be produced at RKO by Herbert 
Wilcox, goes to (iary Grant. Anna 
Neagle, the British player, has the 
title role. English producer is still 
casting around for a title lead 
in 'Kitchener of Khartoum' to be 
produced in England. He wanted 
Grant for the part, but actor was 
previously committed. 

Stephen C. Foster's biog Is to be 
made' by 20th-Fox under the title of 
'Swanee River.' Tyrone Power 
draws the top role and Henry King 
directs. 



N.Y. Cafes Dotf Worlds Fair Buntiiig 
In Disgust; Expo s 6,000,000 No Help- 



Star at One 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Sandy, year-old moppet, made 
her debut as a star yesterday 
(Mon.), sharing top spot with 
Mischa Auer in 'Sandy Takes a 
Bow*' at UnlversaL • 

Milkman's daughter, formerly 
Sandra Henllne, flrst appeared 
in BIng Crosby's 'East Side of 
Heaven' (U). • 



RENO INTENT 
ON DOING A 
COMEBACK 



Reno, June 6. 

Hoping to catch tourists' dollars 
this summer, traveling back and 
forth between New York and San 
Francisco fairs, Reno night spots 
and gamblers have dolled up their 
establishments, end dusted oft their 
roulette wheels and crap tables. 

For a couple ot years pickings 
have been tough; lots of customers 
but no dough. Dollar bills piled 
high in the cashier cages in tiie gam- 
bling jointa, but it takes bales of 
them to cover the nut alone, much 
less show a profit Fair-bound vis- 
itors, it they wiU only tarry long 
enough in Reno to see the town, 
should have money when they get 
here, the gamblers figure. 

Dog House night club, owned by 
Phil Curti, spent $30,000 enlarging 
and decorating and Is offering seven 
acts nightly. The tavern, top spot for 
many years, folded during the win- 
ter and was taker* over by Board of 
Trade which does not know what to 
do with it. 

Calneva Lodge, Lake Tahoe re- 
sort, where fine meals are served as 
come-on for gambling, scheduled to 
open within next few weelcs, and 
Stateline (Hub, rival of Calneva on 
Lake Tahoe, has been reuphol- 
stered in preparation for expected 
big. season. 

Effort to revive the good old days' 
of 1931-32 when the Reno city ad- 
ministration was so liberal that the 
mayor once advocated placing a 
barrel ot beer on every corner, 
failed completely at last city elec- 
tion. 

Conservative mayor, August 
Frohlich and four conservative coun- 
cilmen were elected, leaving the 
gambling and night club Interests 
with little or no control over city 
affairs. Same situation prevailed 
during the tour years starting in 
1935. Council has no Intention ot 
clamping down on gambling or 
night clubs, but joints must watch 
their step at all times and not turn 
places into honkytonks. 



While it's been a gag around mid- 
town that Grover Whalen is giving 
Broadway two weeks to get out ot 
town, It's no kidding matter now, 
with the Times Sq. hotels, nlterles 
and restaurants, most of which ai« 
seriously considering dropping any 
trailerizlng for the N. Y. World's 
Fair. Some of .the cafes hava 
frankly stripped the bunting and- of • 
ficlal Insigniai off their premises in 
frank spleien against the Fair. 

So far, not only has the Fair been 
no biz aide, but contrariwise a 
vicious detriment to business. Ths 
moment the I>onItaces read of ths 
6,000,000th customer being clocked 
at the Fair, in less than a month, it 
was a rude awakening how mucli 
traffic had detoured to Flushing 
Meadows. 

Cafe m.c.'s all over town audibly 
quip and ad lib that the Fair vlsi- 
tors have been ruinous to business, 
these gags being for local consump* 
tlon, since the natives still are tha 
prime supports of the noctximal 
joints. And any native New Yorker 
now realizes how much 'the Fair 
has put the town on the bum.' 

Unless something radical comes to 
pass in July and August— like May, 
the locals have given up June as 
any stimulus— the Broadway bunch 
would like to blind iUelf almost 
wholly to what the Fair may or may 
not mean to the Main Drag. Expe- 
rtence thus far lias proved that 
they're Just too tired to bother with 
Broadway, after getUng a load of 
what's going on at Whalen's expo. 
When the summer dog-days ara 
really here, the heat will be nd 
added inducement to patroniza 
(Continued on page 47) 

DeROSE-BREEN'S 16TH 
YEAR AS RADIO TEAM 

Peter DeRose and May Slnghl 
Breen celebrate their 16th anniver- 
sary year In radio June 23. They 
started with WEAF and, when threa 
years later that station became tha 
New York key for NBC's initial 
network, they joined the NBC pay- 
roll and have been on it ever since. 
It makes them radio's oldest team in 
term ot service. 

Only time they have been off tha 
air is the two weeks they got for 
ttieir honeymoon in 1929. On an- 
other occasion, 1937, they got two 
weeks off for a trip to Denver, but 
no sooner were they there than tha 
duo got tagged for a daily broadcast 
on KOA. 



AQUA-CINEMA 

New opposition to theatres and be- 
lieved to be the flrst of its kind will 
be pictures at the Riverside Cascades 
swimming pool, on Riverside Driva 
at 131th street, N.Y. 

Pictures will be thrown on ■ 
screen at one end of the swimming 
tank, for free, with the pool admis- 
sion. 



4 VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, Jane 7, 1939 



SELLING PEPS UP WITH EXHIBITOR 
ACCEPTANCE OF CODE PROVISOS 



Arbitration Setup Expected to Be in Operation 
Within a Month, but Meantime Exhibs Favor 
Accepting the Code Individually 



'The trade practices code and ar- 
bitration thereunder should be in 
operation within a month, It is "be-, 
lieved, with the worlc of setting up 
boards in the various branch cen- 
ters begun by that time. Meantime, 
predictions are that a majority of 
the country's exhibitors will agree 
to the code and arbitration so . that 
deals on the 1939-40 product can be 
negotiated under the concessions 
made by the distributors. 

Film salesmen report . a wide- 
spread tendency on the part of ex- 
hibitors to accept the code and 
write the 1939-40 film deals in ac- 
cordance with the various provisions 
worked out, including arbitration. 
Even if exhibitor associations to 
which they belong may take is^ue, 
with the code, as finally written', and 
attempt to get even further conces- 
sions, many theatre owners are go- 
ing to accept the code as individuals 
anyway. . The exhibitor in a given 
situation who refuses to. accept for 
personal or organization reasons is 
going to be buying film under a 
handicap against opposition that is 
taking advantage of the code, 10-20% 
cancellations, etc. This very fact 
Is almost certain to place the code 
Into quick and complete operation in 
such cases. 

Now that the code has been finally 
drawn and the. complete machinery 
of arbitration worked out, the selling 
of '39-40 film, which has been lag- 
ging badly, is likely to pick up im- 
mediately, even bdtore the arbitra- 
tion boards themselves have been 
set up. This will not require much 
time. 

Mpls. Meet May Spur It 

The Allied States convention in 
Minneapolis next week, it is figured, 
may act as a spur to getting the code 
Into operation at an early date. It 
will be discussed from all angles at 
the convention and distributor lead- 
ers will be present to take part in 
the. issues reaching the floor. 

Various important exhibitor lead- 
ers not aligned with Allied States 
will also be present, but Ed Kuyken- 
dall, president of the Motion Pic- 
ture Theatre Owners of America, 
will not be among them. He is tak- 
ing the position that the MPTOA 
and Allied have nothing in common. 
An odd position of the MPTOA on 
the code, particularly arbitration, is 
that some of its members who are 
affiliated with major chains will be 
on one sii^e of the fence under ar- 
bitration while others (simon-pure 
Indies) will be on the other side. 
The dlstribs and the aSiliated thea- 
tres are as one imit under arbitra- 
tion, the indies as another. 

Kuykendall, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., 
yesterday (Tues.) on a South Caro- 
lina exhibitors convention there, 
will be in Roanoke, Va., next week 
for a Virginia convensh. On May 
25-26 the MPTOA president at- 
tended the Missouri-Kansas conven- 
tion in Kansas City, and on May 28- 
30 he was in Jacksonville, Fla., for 
a local exhlb conclave. He is ex- 
pected to be in New York toward 
the end of the month. MPTOA ap- 
proval of the code is virtually cer- 
tain. 



Tippetts Most Defend 
U's 270G Snit-Court 



entirely from outside the Twin 
Cities, according to the branch 
'.managers who, however, point out 
that this is always the case because 
actual solicitation of Twin City ex- 
hibitors does not occur until August 
or later. At the same time, it's as- 
serted, a number of the more promi- 
nent Twin City independents, as 
usual, are taking the initiative in 
making new-season deals. 

W. A. SteSes, Northwest AUied 
president and Allied States' national 
convention chairman, asserts it's 
'imperative' for the Northwest inde- 
pendents to hold ofl from buying now 
not only because of the .'possibility' 
of the formation of the national buy- 
ing chain, but also ' because 'reduc- 
tions pn film jcosts are essential if the 
independent theatre owner is to 
continue in business.* He predicts 
that the Allied States' national con- 
vention . will accomplish -a move- 
ment to force such lowering of film 

costs.' 

Okla. Jury IStUl Got 
Oklahoma City, June 6. 
The arbitration code has exhibi- 
tors in this state thinking if nothing 
else. Opinions are scarce though all 
admit they are giving it serious con- 
sideration in an effort to form 'an 
opinion. Some exhibitors have re- 
marked that Vf and when' they are 
able to com^tletely understand it, 
they'll be able to make up their 
minds about it' 

Exhib leaders who have followed 
negotiations closely and kept abreast 
of developments express diversified 
opinion. Morris Low6nsteIn, prexy 
of MPTO, has expressed approval 
of the trade-practice code 'for the 
good it has done and will do, and 
for the influence, it? existence will 
have on industry affairs.' 

Other leaders have expressed opin' 
ions as chiefly in that while the re 
suits of code points are a matter of 
'guess work' the fact that the trade 
practice agreements have actually 
been arrived at speaks well for the 
Industry. 

Biggest, expression of favorable 
sentiment i^ not so much on what 
the code contains as what it rep' 
resents in the way of the industry's 
willingness and ability to 'clean its 
own house.' 



The Appellate Division of the 
N. Y. supreme court Monday (5) de- 
nied an application by John D. and 
Eugene T. Tippett, to appeal to the 
Court of Appeals, highest tribunal in 
the state, from aq order refusing to 
dismiss a $270,000 suit against them 
by Universal Pictures Co. 

Universal claims a .split profit 
agreement between the Tippetts and 
Carl I,aemmle, whereby Laemmle 
awarded them the raw film stock 
contract of Universal from 1927-33, 
and during which period the film 
company purchased 300,000,000 feet 
of raw film stock. "The commission 
was $270,000, and the company is 
asking for the return of that amount. 



NW Selling 'Normal Or 
Better/ Aver Exchanges 

Minneapolis, June 6. 

Although . the word has gone out 
to all exhibitors in the territory to 
refrain from buying 1939-40 prod- 
uct until after the Allied States' na- 
tional convention, June 13-15, es- 
pecially because of 'plans to organ- 
ize a huge nationwide independent 
theatre owners.' buying circuit,' lo- 
cal exchanges insist that sales are 
formal or better. In fact, nearly 
ell the branch managers claim 
they're running ahead of the corre- 
fiponding period last year. 

Branch managers assert that the 
Independent exhibitors hereabouts 
are not taking seriously the pro- 
posal for the film-buying chain of 
2,500 theatres over the entire 
United States. They think it's just 
'a lot of talk, hot air and hooey' and 
they're proceeding to make their 
film deals as usual, the local ex- 
change heads declare. 

The business now being written 
by the exchanges- is coming almost 



BRITISH WAR SCARE 
FADES, FILM B.O. UPS 

Cessation' of war fears to a certain 
extent is responsible for the up swing 
at the boxoflice in Great Britain, ac- 
cprding to C. G. Dickinson, Para- 
mount sales manager in England 
Dickinson arrived in N. Y. the mid- 
dle of last week accompanied by T. 
C. Reddin, advertising manager for 
Par in Great Britain. 

Both now are on the Coast attend 
ing the annual sales convention. 



SAILINGS 

June 28 (New York to Paris) Elsa 
Maxwell (Notmaiidie). 

June 17 (London to New York) 
Johnny Johnstone, John Steele 
(Mauretania). 

June 9 (London to New York) 
Jack Davis (Washington). 

June 7 (London to New York) Sue 
Ryan, Danny White, Paul Draper 
(Aquitania). 

June 7 (London to New York) 
Ralph Hanbury, Maurice . Cowan 
(Normandie). 

June 7 (New York to London) 
Johnny Johnstone, Vic Orsatti, Sonja 
Henie, Charles Tucker (Queen 
Mary). 

June 6 (New York to Paris) Mr. 
and Mrs. Thomas Mann, Erika Mann 
Auden, John Barbirolli, Maurice and 
Cordoba (He de France). 

June 4 (London to New York) Sir 
Adrian Boult, Leon Goosens, Arthur 
Bliss ((Seorgic). 

June 3 (New York to Stockholm) 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. (Kungs 
holm ). 



ARRIVALS 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Astalre, Sir 
Adrian Boult, Arthur Bliss, Carl 
Zuckermayr, Jean Masson, Wanda 
Cochran, Lady Dunn, Gus Scbaefer, 
Nit Liebeskind. 



H wood Britons 
Salute Royalty 
Via NBC Gab 



Hollywood's British film colony 
combines next Sunday (11) for a 
gala 'salute' to visiting King and 
Queen via a worldwide NBC hookup 
which will be heard 3-4 p.m. in the 
east, or just as George 'VI and Eliza- 
beth are with President and Mrs. 
Roosevelt at Hyde Park, N.Y. Ger- 
trude Lawrence left last night (Tues- 
day) by train to m.c. the show and 
Radie Harris, who conceived the 
idea, fiew to the Coast Monday (S) 
to script and aUgn the film people. 

Sir Cedric Hardwicke, BasU Rath- 
bone, Leslie Howard, Herbert Mar- 
shall, Ray Noble's orchestra, Greer 
Garson, Henry Stephenson, Roland 
Anna Nagel, Edna Best, 
Bartholomew, Laurence 
Errol Flynn,. Raymond 
C. Aubrey Smith, Norma 
Shearer (who is Canadian by bjrth), 
Cary Grant, Brian Aheme, Judith 
Anderson (Australian) and David 
Niven will participate. 

Because of the wealth of talent, 
several will be grouped in sketches, 
but the main idea is a 10(>% English 
accent over the radio. 

Judith Anderson, Olivier, Marshall 
(who is en route east) and Massey 
will do their stuff from the New 
York end; all the others from the 
Coast. Frederick Lonsdale, in the 
east, has authored a special toast to 
the king and queen. 



Young, 
Freddie 
Olivier, 
Massey, 



Par-CBS Salute 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Paramount is cooperating with 
CBS on a half hour broadcast Satur- 
day (10) saluting Thomas A. Edison 
on the 50th anniversary of the in- 
vention of kinetescope. 

Program airs from banquet room 
at Par sales convention. Jack Benny 
emceeing. 



Adler's RKO Deal 

Luther Adler has closed a con- 
tract with RKO for pictuies. He 
has gone to the Coast, and expects 
to begin work shortly. ' ' 

Adler was represented in nego- 
tiations by Phillips & Nizer, attor- 
neys. 



Amus. Stocks Ughdy Controlled 



Washington, June 6. 

Tight control of amusement corporations with stocks listed on na- 
tional exchanges is revealed in a special Securities t Ex- 
change Commission study on distribution of American investments. 
Novel analysis, shielding identity of the firms, showed that more than 
three-quarters of the individuals interested in amusement enterprises 
account for under 100 shares apiece. 

For amusements— presumably leading film companies— the S. E. C. 
study was confined to seven units, with an aggregate of 5,682,361 shares 
outstanding. Researchers brought out that two of the companies are 
'closely-held' outfits while, ownership of the other five is fairly well 
spread. 

In the two 'closely held' companiesr-with 1,995 investors accounting 
for 405,202 shares— the small investors (less than 100 tickets) repre- 
eented 04.2% of the total. Considerably above the average for. 244 cor- 
porations of more than 50 types. This group accounted for only 8% 
of the outstanding paper, or 28,430 tickets. 

While ownership in the other five amusement concerns was much 
more generally distributed, even these were tightly controlled by a 
minority of the investors. WiUi 38,909 persons- holding 5,277,150 shares, 
>0,455, or 78.5% of the total, represented but 15.6% of the outstanding ' 
ducats. 



S.E.C.-WPA Analysis of Major Films 
Capital Structure, Except RKO, UA 

Washington, June 6. 

Thorough physical and fiscal exam of major film companies (excepting 
RKO and United Artists) shows Educational Pictures leads the pack from 
standpoint of net sales to capital. Special study of picture business ledgers 
by the Securities and Exchange ComitAssion and Works Progress Admin- 
istration gives new comparison of the money aspects of the industry. 

Novel picture revealed seven companies, which have 689 live and IS 
inactive subsidiaries, turned' in a gross profit of $197,317,733 on sales of 
$406,855,095 in their fiscal years ended Dec. 31, 1037. Operating profit was 
10.1% of sales, up from 8.7% in 1936, while the net was $34,000,000, or 8.3%, 
compared with $27,000,000 or 7.2% the prior year. 

The Federal researchers made the following discoveries: 

Total dividend payments of the seven enterprises were $22,000,000 in 
1937, against $14,000,000 in 1936 and $6,000,000 in 1925. 

lioew's has the biggest executive payroll ($2,717,000, compared with 20th 
Ontury-Fox's $906,000) and paid the highest ($1,296,703), second highest, 
and third highest, salaries. Fattest check from any other was $370,000 
handed over by Paramount. Figures for others were: Columbia, $182,020; 
Educational, $64,385; Monogram' $24,153 .(for 11 months), Universal Corp., 
$104,355; Universal Pictures, $143,500; and Warners, $209,100. No 1937 dope 
on (Srand National. - 

Columbia had the highest asset-to-liabilities ratio, $9.12 to $1, followed 
by Loew's $4.86 and Paramount $4.43. 

Educational's net-sales-to capital ratio ($15.90 to.$l) was challenged only 
by Warner Bros., with $12.51, No other company topped $10. 

Inventory. 

Ratio of net sales to inventory ran as follows: Columbia, '$2; Educational, 
$6.24; Loew's, $2.80; Paramount, $4.55; 20th Century-Fox, $4.55; Universal 
Pictures, $2.09; Warner Bros., $4.46. 

Educational led also on basis of net profit (before interest) compared 
with working capital. Showed a return of $24.17 for $1, against (^lum> 
bia's.$l.S6; Loew's $13.68; Paramount's $8.54; 20th Century-Fox's $21.09, and 
Warners' $7.81. Study revealed Universal Pictures' loss was $14.46, while 
the parent. Universal Corp., went in the hole $9.87. 

Material improvement for the industry as a whole. Combined operating 
profit of the seven companies went from 8.7% of sales in 1936 to 10.1% 
in 1937; net profit rose from 7.2% of sales to 8.3%; and return on capital 
(book value) climbed from 9.2% to 10.6%, 

Combined balance sheet assets rose from $512,000,000 in 1936 to $530,000,'- 
000 on Dec. 31, 1937, but current liabilities went from $37,000,000 in 1939 
to $55,000,000 in 1937. 

For the industry as a whole, the ratio of assets to liabilities slipped pro- 
gressively although business was improving. Figures were 3.90 to 1 in 
1935; 3.52 to 1 in 1936; and 3.12 to 1 in 1937. 

Loew's led in business volume in 1937, with sales of $107,821,923. Next 
was Par, with $104,185,953, the only other studio topping $100,000,000 

Warners led in assets ($177,545,000) and current liabilities ($20,231,000). 
with Loew's second and Par third in each category. 

Gross 1937 profits ranged as follows: Columbia, $7,585,000; Educational, 
$952,000; Loew's, $31,103,000; Monogram, $78,000; Par, $52,449,000; 20th-Fox, 
$24,120,000; Universal Pictures, $5,646,000; and Warners, $75,454,000. 



Gohry HVood-Boond; 
Plans to Make Pic There 



Paris, May 28. 

Sacha Guitry told the American 
Club at its weekly luncheon this 
past week that he has succumbed to 
the call of Hollywood after many 
years holding out. He announced 
that he was going to Hollywood 
shortly to make a film. 

Although he has already visited 
the U. S., this will be his first ap- 
pearance in America's film capital. 

Guitry made no mention of a con- 
tract or the company with which he 
would be connected. 



OAer Ne ws of Inter est to Films 

Foreign coin ciirbs U. S. films Page 11 

Columbia's South Africa distribution page 11 

I.eon Janney's radio serial Page 17 

Edgar Bergen's tonsilectomy !page 17 

Radio scripting discussed at writers' congress Page 18 

'Big Town'-i. G. Robinson layoff.. Page 19 

CBS abandons Hollywood fee Page 19 

Joe E. Brown stays on tadio ', ' Page 19 

'Circle' off, due back Page 23 

Jimmy Fidler renewed on air Page 24 

Television ' ' Pages 28-20 

Par-Dumont television Page 29 

Radio reviews: Elliott Rooseveltj Matty Malneck, kathleen 

Norrls ; p._g on 

1938-39 legit resume !!!.!!!..;!;;!;Page 41 



AL BOYD CAN'T SETTLE 
$55J10 DEBT FOR 3G 



Philadelphia, June 6. 

Common Pleas court here last 
Thursday (1) refused to allo\y Al 
Boyd, circuit op, to compromise a 
$55,710 judgment for $3,000. R. W. 
Doty,. Secretary of Banking of 
Pennsylvania, petitioned the court 
to accept the settlement as the best 
that Boyd, once wealthy, could do 
at present. 

Judgment represented the amount 
of three promissory notes signed by 
Boyd and held by the Franklin Trust 
Co. when it closed in 1931. 



L. A. to N. Y. 



Herbert Akerbergr. 
TVllllam H. Baker. 
Kdwln Clay. 
Broderlclc Cranforil. 
Harold K. Curtis. 
Walter Danirosch. 
Walter Damroscb. 
Mann Hollner. 
MIrlom Hopklna. 
■<>idney KlnKsley. 
Eddie Lewis. 
W. B. Lewie. 
.\natale LItvak. 
Herbert Mnrnhall. 
John Norton. 



DouRlna .Muntgoin- 

er>-. 
.^1 Fearce. 
Harry Popltln. 
Hubbell RoblneoB. 
James nooseviiU. 
Meflord Runyon. 
Budd Hchiilberic. 
Richard .'^bennyn. 
Vinia I)ros Short. 
Herman .stein. 
Deems 'faylor. 
Walter Telley. 
Niles Traniiiiell. 



N. Y. TO L. A. 



Max Baer. 
Buddy de .Sylvo. 
flndle Hnrrls. 
Arthur Homblow. 
Jack Kapp, 
Irene Kuhn. 
Gertrude Lawrence. 



Aurlol J^r. 

Leo Morrison. 

Jean Mulr. 

Mr. and Mrs. I'liii-K 

Orsatti. 
Oscar Serlln. 
Lee Stewart. 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY S 






So Ms What's Wrong with the B. 0.! 



While the World's Fair currently la blamed for slipping business at 
picture theatres in Greater New York, several showmen are not in- 
clined to rest full responsibility on the exposition. They point to the 
weakie bills being offered In neighborhood cinemas and in the Broad- 
way deluxers. 

One exhibitor related the difficulty he had finding a suitable show In 
his neighborhood to entertain out-of-town visitors, 'One theatre had 
a film all of us wanted to see, but we figured that by the time the 
other feature had been run off and some shorts, It would be too lata 
to stay for this one picture,' he stated. Trouble Is that there are too 
many thin 'A' productions available just now, and too many woefully 
weak 'B' films, with no big players that anybody cares about Result 
was that we all went to a newsreel theatre,' 



Film Execs' D.C. Parleys Seen As 
Paving Way for 'Consent' Decree; 
ItsPartofFM/sAidtoBigBiz 



Washington, June 6, 

A major contradiction by the U, S, 
Commerce and Dept, of Justice on film 
regulation has the picture industry in 
the middle. Six top executives hud- 
dling here ail day with Secretary of 
Commerce Harry I. Hopkins seemed 
■ to get the idea that the Administra- 
tion's recent tack of "brotherly love' 
•for Big Business may pave the way 
for a 'consent' decree in the pending 
fuiti-trust suits against the majors. 

It's reached the stage where Joseph 
H, Hazen, v.p. of Warner Bros, and 
Its attorney, is remaining behind to- 
morrow (Wednesday), following the 
all-day huddles today (Tues,) In 
order to supply Commerce Dept. of- 
ficials with specific angles and sta- 
tistics on the economic structure of 
the picture business. 

It almost places the Commerce 
Dept, in the position of defending the 
film industry, with the suggestion it 
would then go over to the Justice 
division and try to make the legalists 
see the possible errors of their strin- 
gently technical legal ways. 

Secretary Hopkins sat down for 
two hours this morning with Will 
Bays, Joseph M, Schenck (in the ab- 
sence of Sidney R. Kent in South 
America), George J, Schaefer, Nich- 
olas M, Schenck, Harry M. Warner 
end J. H, Hazen to survey 'problems 
affecting the motion picture industry 
In Its relation to the general eco- 
nomic structure,' It's In line with 
the New Deal principle of talking 
things over, in the hope of accelerat- 
ing the whole American business 
machine. 

The advance agenda covered a 
wide range, but the monopoly topic 
was at the head of the list 

It was significant that other than 
Hazen, who was present, not as an 
attorney, but as a WB v.p,, no film 
company attorneys were here. Sec- 
retary Hopkins was flanked by Dr, 
Willard Thorpe, former head of the 
Bureau of Foreign and Domestic 
Commerce, and now one of Hopkins' 
mainstays; Nathan D. Golden, boss of 
the U. < S. motion picture division; 
and Ernest Tupper, economic ad- 
visor to Hopkins, and one of his 
prime braintrusters. 

Hazen's powwow tomorrow (Wed.) 
will be chiefly with Tupper, plus 
Golden and Dr. Thorpe, They will 
report to Hopkins, 

The film executives set forth the 
reasons for their justification in the 
present business structure of block 
Belling and general operations, argu- 
ing that any revision would destroy 
a business that has taken many years 
to develop. 

It was reported that both sides 
were in a bargaining mood, and that 
these parleys may pave the way to a 
consent' decree In the Justice 
Dept's attack. Hazen, for that rea- 
son, must submit more details to 
back up the film execs' contention of 
oppressive conditions. The after- 
noon session broke up at 6 p.m. last 
night 

It was announced that the same 
group will meet In the capital next 
Week, at an mspecirid time and 
date, depending on what the Justice 
pept may have to say la the in- 
terim. 

While the Dept of Justice seem- 



ingly professes Intricate knowledge 
of film trade practices, judging by 
Its lengthy allegations, the Com- 
merce Dept attitude Is a major con- 
tradiction. In that it professes not 
to know enough about it hence the 
request for more details. 

Settlement of the New York trust- 
busting riddle may be an outcome of 
the talks, which followed close on 
the heels of similar tete-a-tete ses- 
(Contlnued on page 44) 



$1,000,000 Wanger 
Libel Suit Vs. D.C 
Da3y, Ed SuUhran 



Washington, June 6, 
Monetary salve for wounds in- 
flicted by Ed SulUvan, N. Y. Daily 
News Hollywood columnist was 
sought in the local courts last week 
by Walter Wander, Naming the gos- 
sip peddler as a defendant producer 
launched a $1,000,000 libel action 
against Mrs, Eleanor Patterson, pub- 
lisher of the Washington Times-Her- 
ald and sister of Joseph M. Patterson, 
chief owner of the N. Y. sheet 

Basis of suit is a column terming 
Wanger films of Inferior quality. 



SPITZ DUE TO LEAVE 
MAYO CLINIC SOON 



Leo Spitz is recovering from a re- 
cent operation at the Mayo Clinic, 
Rochester, Minn,, and Is expected to 
leave next week for N. Y. 

He heads for Frisco June 22 to 
pass his birthday at Herman Web- 
ber's estate, for years an annual cus- 
tom, then goes to Hoilsrwood for a 
month's stey. 



American Institute 

Kudos to 7 in Pix Biz 

Hollywood, June 6, 
American Institute awarded seven 
honorary memberships at Its an- 
nual banquet at the University of 
Southern California. 

Recipients were Jack Warner, 
Norma Shearer, Nelson Eddy, Sam 
Wood, Gabriel Pascal, May Robson 
and John W. Considine, Jr. 



Fbe Arts Marks Tmie 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Continuance- of Fine Arts in the 
Grand National distribution fold de- 
pends on current audit of the GN 
books and financial prospects. Frank- 
Ijm Warner, FA prexy, is awaiting 
the report to determine whether to 
continue as is or seek' another re- 
lease for his eight pictures. 

Warner has been dissatisfied for 
several months with GN'a financial 
setup. 





OLDIES; B'S WEAK 



New Crop of Films Don't 
Draw, Ezhibs Prefer Name 
Values of the Reissues- 
Static B.O. Forecasts More 
Summer Shutterings Pre- 
maturely 

AUL OVER U. S. 



A severe shortage of product 
partly due to weakness of -the 'B' 
films and the necessity of theatres 
to shorten runs because of dwindling 
business, is gripping parts of the 
country and forcing theatres to play 
reissues. The situation in some cen- 
ters, including New York, is more 
critical than It has been In many 
years. The off-blz and summer shut- 
terings are unseasonably premature. 

Showmen believe that one of the 
difficulties Is the Increased number 
of remakes and a lack In the flow of 
lesser product from either the 
majors or national Indies such as 
Monogram and Republic. Audiences 
have been complaining about the 
long list of remakes this year, as are 
exhibitors. The latter are also voic- 
ing protest over the. failure of the 
producers to put anyone of import- 
ance into the casts of many of their 
'B' pictures. 

Tills is resulting, not only In box- 
office defeat for a lot of secondary 
pictures, but is causing exhibitors to 
feel that it is better to play a reissue 
with names than new films of minor 
value without them, 

Beissaes Limited 

Problem of keeping theatres going 
with the product that is now avail- 
able will result in many more clos- 
ings this summer It is believed. Only 
certein reissues seem to get any- 
where at the boxoffice, although 
some of them can be obteined 
cheaply, and rather than struggle 
through the balance of the current 
1938-39 season, exhibitors may be in- 
clined to close down to wait for the 
new product in August or Septem- 
ber. 

For the first time in the history of 
its operation, the Strand, Brooklyn, 
closes tonight (Wed.), In vaudeville 
during the winter, it has recently 
been back on a diet of double bills. 
Owned by the Warners, the Strand 
is operated by Si Fabian under the 
three-way Par-WB-Fabian pool in 
downtown Brooklyn. 

Business in Brooklyn - and other 
neighborhoods is away down. Includ- 
ing the Brandt Bros, houses. 

Some of the larger of the opera- 
tors right now are being forced to 
dig into the files for old film. In 
Manhattan two secondary first-runs 
which formerly had no trouble get- 
ting enough film are now being 
driven to reissues or anything they 
can get. "These are the Criterion and 
Rialto, while many lesser subsequent 
runs are also using more revivals,' 



H wood Gossip on Shortwave to S A, 
Part of M Neighbor Campaign, 
Fihns Too; Offset to Rome-Berlin 



SIiow Reissues, Rather 
Than Waste New Product 

Pittsburrh, June 6. 

Flood of flicker reissues again 
pouring into the downtown first-run 
houses after getting the go-by for 
several months following biz collapse 
for the oldies. Reasons advanced for 
their return are two-fold. Early sum- 
mer product (new) has been off and 
conditions have been so poor around 
here of late that managements figure 
it's no use wasting the current out- 
put anyway. Prefer waiting until 
things pick up a bit 

Warner picked up the trail again 
last week with 'Mutiny on the 
Bounty', on a twin-bill with a new 
film, 'Sorority House,' and Senator, 
(Continued on page 14) 



Patterson's F.D.R. Tie 



Washington, June 6. 

New film industry contact with 
the New Deal high command 
will be via Richard C. Patterson, 
Jr., retiring assistant secretary 
of commerce, who joins RKO 
July IS, Patterson, former NBC 
exec, has been appointed' to the 
Business Advisory Coimcil set up 
by President Roosevelt 'to pro- 
vide liaison between Govern- 
ment and business. 

First film personality on the 
panel since its creation several 
years ago. 



Ole Debbil Free 
Broadcasts, New 
Target of Fdms 



In the face of falling film grosses, 
the picture business has been making 
an Intensive but quiet survey on the 
whyfore. Broadcasting studio au- 
diences keynote the major cause of 
complaint in the general direction 
of radio, which is an old show biz 
story, of course. 

The major film companies, all of 
which have made elaborate prepara- 
tions to welcome and entertain visit- 
ing showmen to the N.Y. World's 
Fair, were all hit with the same un- 
usual number of requests from the 
hinterlanders' families — the yen to 
see a studio broadcast Breakdown 
of the types shows requested, forti- 
fied by supplemental information in 
other key cities, evidenced that the 
personality programs are the ans- 
wer to the deflection of considerable 
audience interest away from the 
boxoffice. 

Same thing Is paralleled In Holly- 
wood and Frisco, visitors to the west 
coast's exposition having similar re- 
quests. As in New York, but to a 
greater degree because of the film 
personalities, the large requests for 
ducats to radio shows with name 
stars were Impressive, 

A survey on certain lesser shows 
evidenced that the 'freak' type of 
programs, such as the 'confession' 
school — under the guise of kindly 
advisors or free legal asslstence — 
serve a morbid curiosity. Quiz shows, 
with cash prizes as added lure, like- 
wise pull heavily away from the b.o. 

This anti-radio feeling, generated 
by the direct effect on the gate, will 
undoubtedly have a vivid Interpreta- 
tion in the film business' future re- 
lations with radio. 



U'S $1,000,000 STUDIO 
FACEIFT THIS YEAR 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Universal will spend around $1,- 
000,000 this year on studio Improve- 
ments and new stages after dishing 
out $600,000 last year on similar con- 
struction. 

Outlay will be for two additional 
steges, cutting rooms, and camera 
and electrical equipment latter to 
cost around $150,000, Work starts on 
new stages around July 1, 



J. J. Fitzgibbont OK 

Rochester, Minn,, June 6. 

J, J, Fltzgibbons, v.p. and general 
manager of the Canadian-Famous 
Players' theatre circuit out of Mayo 
Clinic here. 

Had been under care of doctors 
for six weeks. 



Columbia Broadcasting System's 
offer to the picture Industry of fiva 
quarter-hours a week for the short- 
waving of film Hollywood chatter 
news and interviews to South 
America and Europe, In several lan- 
guages, differs from NBC's present 
setup on the same subject in but 
one respect Whereas NBC has 
been carrying a daily shortwave pro- 
gram of this type for the past year, 
on a strictly independent basis, CBS 
wants the film companies to con- 
tribute directly to tlie maintenance 
of the proposed aeries. 

CBS regards the idea as an Ideal 
variation of the entertainment ap- 
proach lif shortwave broadcasting, 
because of universal popularity of 
screen personalities. In its ap- 
proach to the Hays office on thtt 
proposition, the network pointed out 
that the program would serve to 
stimulate interest In American film 
fare. Frederic .Willis, CBS director 
of shortwave broadcasting, Is slated 
to meet with producer spokesmen 
this week to Iron out the details. 

NBC's daily quarter-hour devoted 
to film material is broadcast in Eng- 
lish, German, French, Itelian, Span- 
ish and Portuguese. Occasionally 
it shortwaves a recorded interview 
with a film star in Spanish, Because 
of the huge demand It received frbm 
abroad for pictures of' film sars, 
NBC is trying to work out some ar- 
rangement with film studios where- 
by these photos in posteard size 
could be supplied it on a nominal 
basis. 

All this, of course, Is further In 
line with the U, S, 'good neighbor* 
policy plus the fact it cements th« 
democracy block against the Rome* 
Berlin axis, which Intensively propa- 
gandizes South America via short- 
wave radio. 



'Good Neighbor' Films 

Washington, June 6, 
In line with the President's 'good 
neighbor' policy toward South 
America, the House passed Monday 
(5) a bill authorizing expendltur* 
of $176,500 for motion picture proj- 
ects of the U, S, Film Service, 
Contained In legislation offered by 
(Continued, on page 30) 




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INDEX 

Bills 38-30 

Chatter 45 

Dance Bands 31-33 

15 Years Ago 35 

Film Reviews 12 

Film Showmanship 8 

Forum , 47 

House Reviews ; . , 37 

Inside— Bands 33 

Inside— Legit 42 

International 11 

Legitimate 40-43 

Literati 44 

Music 31-33 

New Acts ! 39 

Night Clubs 34-38 

Obituary 46 

Outdoors 47 

Pictures 2-16 

Radio 17-30 

Radio Reviews 30 

Radio — International 21 

Television 28-29 

Vaudeville 34-3S 



4 VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wiednesday, June 7, 1939 



NEELY BILL'S NEW LEASE OF UFE; WILL 
PROBABLY PASS SENATE, BUT NOT HOUSE 



Senator Neely Blasts Committee and Wins Some 
Action — Few Modifications But Reemphasizes 
'Big 8' Control, Wall St Dominance, Etc. 



WARNERS' PEEVE 

Against WOB Spieler's Pan en Gen- 
eral Film Industry 



Washington, June 6. 

Life was revived in the Neely bill 
last week when the Senate Inter- 
state . Commerce Committee, with 
several members reserving the right 
to vote against the reform measure 
on the floor, voted a favorable re- 
port and allowed it to go on the 
calendar. Present outlooli is for 
passage through the. senate this ses- 
sion, but no chance is seen of house 
action before adjourmnent 

Following Senator Matthew M. 
Neely's verbal blasts, the subcom- 
mittee Wednesday (31) hastily 
agreed to pass the buck to the full 
comroitee which, after a Uvely 
wrangle, voted 15 to 3 to put the 
measure on the legislative menu. 
Opponents reported to ■ be Senator 
Ellison D. Smith of South Carolina, 
the subcommittee chairman, Wallace 
E. White, Jr., of Maine, and Chan- 
dler Gumey of South Dakota. 

Attempt to amend the measure 
when it is taken up for debate was 
promised in the formal report, made 
available Saturday (3), although the 
committee sidestepped suggestions 
for changes which will make the 
bill more workable. Several mem- 
bers felt revision is Imperative but 
no amendments were agreed upon. 

When the measure may be taken 
up was problematical, especially 
since Democratic Leader Alben W. 
Barkley is hostile. Relations be- 
tween Barkley and Neely are 
strained, so that the administration 
boss is hardly likely to make room 
op his schedule for the film bill 
until pressure Is exerted. Tactics 
which Neely employed in forcing 
committee action— roasting Barkley 
and the subcommittee in an ironical 
and sarcastic speech— probably will 
be used again, however, to prevent 
pigeonholing. 

In his lengthy report, Neely re- 
ferred frequent]^ to the Justice De- 
partment's anti-trust suit against the 
niajor producers and affiliated ex- 
hibitors, livening his usual harangue 
about the vicious habits of the 'Big 
Eight' by noting that legislation ia 
necessary to supplement the court 
attack. Even if successful, the suit 
will not accomplish all the reform 

groups wish, the West Virginian 

said. 

Most of the report was devoted 
to the familiar wails of the wO' 
men's organizations, religious bodies, 
and educators but a few new touch' 
es were given the argument why 
Congress should legislate traditional 
leasing methods out of existence. 
The attack on the 'Big Eight' was 
bolstered by references to diliatory 
tactics used in fighting the Justice 
Department suit, big salaries and 
Wall Street control. 

Only a Story 'Ontllne' 

Revision of the portion of the bill 
relating to blind selling (Section 4) 
was suggested by Neely, who an' 
nounced he will offer ' amendments 
proposed by Abram F. Myers, chaiT' 
man of the Allied States Association 
directoics, in order to meet the chief 
complaints of major studio officials. 
"The effect of these would be to re. 
quire 'a general outline of the story' 
rather than a 'complete and true 
synopsis' before rental agreements 
are made. Neely said the bill can 
be . made 'more liberal to the pro 
ducers' without weakening th« en^ 
tire measure. 

Reciting the various groups on 
record in favor of the reform, Neely 
offered new arguments why Con- 
gress should exercise more stringent 
control over operations of the film 
business. Among his reasons was 
the alleged influence of 'leading 
financial groups.' He pointed out 
the sub-committee had examined the 
volume, 'Film and School,' which 
contains charts showing the extent 
of banker domination. In these dia- 
gram:! he commented 'the towering 
pillars from which the converging 
lines emanate are labeled 'Morgan' 
and 'Rockefeller'.' 

The 'community selection' idea 
naturally pervaded the report 
Neely remarked that 'there is no 
local power of election of programs 
except In the 2,500 theatres that the 
OBig Eight themselves operate, and 
then only by the grace of the New 
"York-Hollywood combine.' Only 
remedy which will 'restore freedom 



of action to the thousands of com- 
munities now entangled in this far- 
flung financial network' is Federal 
le^latlon, he declared. 

Rocks were thrown at the Motion 
Picture Producers & Distributors of 
America, Inc., with Neely discussing 
sourly the propaganda machine' set 
up by the Hays organization, the 
proposed self-regulation code, and 
the trade association's ovtn censor- 
ship efforts. 

Action on the legislation should 
not be postponed because of either 
the Government suit or the negotia- 
tions for a trade practice agreement, 
the senate was told. Even if both 
these maneuvers succeed, . the 
public still needs protection. 

'After having failed to make, good 
on promises of voluntary reform 
undertaken while similar legislation 
was under consideration in 1936, the 
Big Eight on the eve of the hearing 
on this bill brought forth a proposed 
voluntary trade-practice code as a 
substitute for the bill,' Neely ob' 
served, • 

'The producers' proposals do not 
abolish compulsory block booking 
or blind selling, but, on - the con 
trary, they propose to perpetuate 
those practices. Certain of the prO' 
posals woiild slightly diminish the 
hardships of compulsory block book- 
ing but Uiey 'would effect no 
change in blind selling.' 

New Fears 
Objections to the agreement ideas 
included the indie exhibitors' fears 
that the cancellation privilege would 
be nullified by padding, the right 
to reject a fihn after it is booked 
is 'a poor substitute for the power 
of selection at the time the exhibitor 
heases bis films,' the opportunity to 
obtain outstanding pictures is limited 
so that 'this privilege can be ex- 
ercised only once, and as against 
only one distributor during the 
yearly contract period.' 

Concerning Uie anti-trlist case, 
Neely said the primary objective 
is the severing of exhibition from 
production and distribution, not giv- 
ing wider freedom of choice. NoUng 
the complaint was' docketed more 
than 10 months ago and issues have 
not been set, he said, 'the effective 
proscription of compulsory block 
booking and blind selling calls for 
complicated affiripative as well as 
negative provisions which would be 
more appropriate for legislation than 
for a decree.' 

All the producers protests and 
contentions were shoved aside, 
Neely made no reference to con. 
tentions that volume of. production 
would be curtailed, expense in 
creased, and jobs reduced, but said 
the argument about improvement in 
quality 'is irrelevant since the pub' 
lie is entitled to choose even as be 
tween good pictures.' Industry re. 
form was brought about only by 
pressure 'and there is no assurance 
that even present imperfect stand 
ards will be maintained if -this legis 
lation is not passed,' he added. 



Warner Bros, took personal of- 
fense last week at a remark made 
about the picture Industry by Ed 
Fitzgerald, who ' is doing a N. Y. 
World's Fair reporter routine over 
WOB, Newark. Fitzgerald com- 
mented that 'it was a shame that a 
mighty American industry such as 
motion pictures elected to pass up 
participation in the exjposition.'. The 
squawk was made to Fair officials. 

Fitzgerald retorted that he couldn't 
understand why Warners com- 
plained. He didn't blame anybody 
particular. His remarks, Fitz- 
gerald said, were directed at the 
whole film industry, and that if 
there was to be an answer or an 
apology for the neglect it ought to 
come from Uie Hays office. 



RKO EXPECTS 
25&-3(IOFOR 
ITSCONV. 



RKO Is bringing in all its film 
salesmen from 3S branches in the 
U. S. and Canada for its sales con- 
vention to be held at Rye, N. Y., 
June 19-22. Figuring the home of- 
fice crew and 12 sales representatives 
from foreign countries, the attend 
ance will run between 250 and 300. 
All field district managers and 
branch managers will attend the 
meet 

Skipping a convention last year for 
the first time, this year RKO picked 
New York and is bringing in all the 
salesmen so that they will have an 
opportunity to visit the Fair at the 
same time. 



DR. OF LETTERS DEGREE 
FOR RAYMOND MASSEY 



Easton, Pa., June 6. 

Raymond Massey, star of. 'Abe 
Lincoln in' Illinois,' will receive an 
unusual honor on Friday (9),' when 
the degree of Doctor of Letters \yill 
be conferred upon him by Lafayette 
College at the 104th annual com 
mencement exercises. Massey will 
be the first stage ce'lebrity thus 
honored by Lafayette. 

He is being awarded the degree 
by the board of trustees for his fine 
portrayal of Lincoln and his re 
awakening the public to Lincoln' 
ideals. 

Among others to receive an hon. 
orary degree will be Dr. William 
Lyon Phelps, of Yale, who also has 
played no small part in the Amerl 
can theatre . 



Talbot Jrennlngs, Toe 

Moscow, Idaho, June 8. 
Talbot Jennings, class of 1934, was 
given an honorary degree at Unl 
varsity of Idaho here. He is 
Metro writer. , 



HELUNGER UPPED 
TO AN T PRODUCER 

Hollywood, June 6. 
Mark Helllnger has completed his 
apprenticeship as a Warners pro- 
ducer In Bryan Foy's 'B' unit, and 
is upped to Hal Wallls' staff to tackle 
heavy-budgeted films. Fl-st is a re- 
make of 'One Way Passage,' which 
James Hilton Is scripting for Bette 
Davis. 

Follows with Tombstone,' sequel 
to 'Dodge City,' and .carrying budget 
of over $1,000,000. 



Here We Are Again 



Hollywood, June d. 

Walter Damrosch made his film de- 
but at Paramount, conducting a 65 
piece orchestra for the Bing Crosby, 
picture, 'The Star Maker.' 

More than half the musicians In 
the scene had worked for him at va- 
rious times. 



U. S. HINTS AT 
BIG FILM TAX 
EVASIONS 



Porter-Fields-De Sylva 
Mosical for Wheeler, 
Joan Crawford's Legit 



Bert Wheeler is among the first 
Hollywoodians committed to Broad- 
way productions next season. He 
will appear in an untitled musical 
being written by Cole Porter, Her 
bert Fields and Buddy De Sylva, 
latter to make the presentation. 
Others from the Coast mentioned 
for the show are Bert Xjahr and 
Kenny Baker, along with Mary Mar. 
tin, currently in HiOave It To Me.' 

■'Wheeler is currently playing vaud' 
film dates, havinig opened in Pitts- 
burgh at the Stanley Friday (2). 



Crawford's Leeit 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Joan Crawford is mulling two 
Broadway (Slays, a musical by Cole 
Porter, Moss Hart and George S. 
Kaufman, and a straight drama by 
Frederick Lonsdale. 

Metro star's contract calls for an 
optional furlough from Oct 1 to do 
a stage play. 



Hershoh Relief Prexy 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Jean Hersholt continues as presi- 
dent of Motion Picture Relief Fund 
for another year, with. Ralph Block 
remaining aa first v.p., Joseph M. 
Schenck, 3rd v.p. and Jack L, War 
ner, teeasurer. 

Only changes on official slate are 
Bette Davis as second, and Walter 
Wanger as fourth v.p. They were 
nominated to succeed King 'Vidor 
and Joan Crawford. Annual elec- 
tion, June 27, is merely a formality. 



TEUITINO FATE 

Hollywood, June 6. 

'Friday the Thirteenth' Is Rowland 
'V. Lee's next producer-director chore 
at Universal. 

Picture is a whodunit with Boris 
Karloff in the top role. 



Col. Asb U. S. Suit Dismissal; Court 
Indicates No Further Particulars 



Coliunbia Pictures Corp. yesterday 
(Tues.) filed application- in the N. Y. 
federal court asking for a dismissal 
of the anti-trust action against It 
CoL declares that in the bill of par- 
ticulars furnished by the Govern- 
ment coercion, price fixing, block 
booldng, ete., were charged in the 
Interstate Circuit case in Texas. 
Columbia asserts that this case was 
decided some time ago, and as result 
it may not be raised again. Colum- 
bia demands that the Government 
be precluded from attempting to 
give evidence on this point in the 
suit and that a further bill of par- 
ticulars be furnished citing other 
examples not already adjudicated. 
If unable to do this, since Paul Wil- 
liams, special assistant attorney gen- 
eral, stated that the cases cited were 
all the Government had on hand at 
the moment Columbia asks a dis- 
missal of the complaint for lack of 
evidence.. 

Columbia's application, which will 
be argued . before Judge William 
Bondy, June 10, also includes the 
other demands asked by all the 
other majors, namely, further defi- 
nitions, niore specific dates on the 
times, places, ete., of agreementa 
which the Government alleges will 
prove its contentions as to the mO' 
nopoly. 

No Hwe ParUoaUrs 

Although reserving decision on 
applications by the major companies 



for a further bill of particulars, or 
a dismissal of the anti-trust action 
against them by the (government, for 
alleged' failure to comply with the 
court's order. Federal Judge Bondy, 
in New York Thursday (1) indicated 
he is inclined to the Government 
point of view, and will not force 
any additional particulars from the 
Department of Justice. 

Judge Bondy, repeatedly through' 
out the day, attempted to get Col 
William Donovan, presenting the ar- 
gument of the majors, to agree to 
furnish an answer to the complaint 
before he decides this application 

Donovan refused, declaring that as 
a result of the bill of particulars bi- 
ing 'gloriously indefinite and neba 
lous' the companies still did not know 
What they had to defend. That 
Judge Bondy did not agree with this 
statement became evident through 
his remark, 'Mr. '(Paul) Williams, if 
you will give me a memorandum 
showing me how to do so, I'll order 
these defendants to furnish an an- 
swer at once.' 

Williams is special assistant to 
the Attorney (General, and had 
presented the side of the U. S. 
throughout the day, in which he 
claimed that the Government had 
answered all the requests possible. 
He intimated that the only reason 
for the . demand for a further bill 
was to secure another delay. Dono- 
vait answering this declared that It 
was the Government which was re- 
(Continued on page 44) 



Washington, June 6. 
Grand jury action against several 
top Hollywood executives and labor 
figures was suggested last week by 
Attorney General Frank Murphy 
upon return from a hurried, sensa- 
tional trip to the Coast 

Confirmation of trade reports that . 
the Federal Government is looking 
into the income tax angles of one 
film merger, and the relations be- 
tween producers and Willie Bioff, 
ambassador for national headquar- 
ters of the International Alliance of 
Theatrical Stage Employees, came 
from the Justice Department De- 
tails of the probe and possible basis 
of action were withheld, however; 

The Bioff case is said' to involve 
reporta that certain execs conspired 
to help the union representative hide 
some of his income in order to cut 
tax . payments. Murphy said that 
labor matters will be taken. up 
shortly. ■ • 

SUm Snmmervllle's Tap 
Mistake by Uncle Sam was 
charged last week by Slim Summer- 
ville, film comedian, ^in a scuffle with 
U. S. tax-grabbers. 

Denying that he owed $14,817 ad- 
ditional income taxes for 1936-37, 
Summervnie pinned the blame' on 
the Government for erroneously re- ■ 
fusing to allow him to make com- 
miinity returns with his wife. Film 
actor received his final divorce 
papers in October, 1937. 

Internal revenue bureau computed 
Summerville's 1036 net income at 
$43,538 and his iiicome for the fol- 
lowing-year at $75,407. 

. Hardy's Family Squawk 
Still another Hollywood wail over 
refusal of U. S. tax experts to per- 
mit screen stars to make community 
returns with their wives. Latest 
complainant is Oliver Hardy, film 
comedian, who Monday (5) told the 
Government that he does not owie 
$16,086 in additional 1934 income 
taxes. 

lii a petition to the Board of Tax 
Appeals, Hardy mourned that the 
Feds, 'erroneously' refused to allow 
him to take advantage of the Cali- 
fornia community law, Tax-slug 
also included - expenses of Hardy's 
wardrobe, telephone and automobile 
which should have been deducted, 
he griped. 



Shorted, Sex V. S. 

Los Angeles, June 6. 

Uncle Sam's income tax moppei^ 
uppers invaded Hollywood again, 
this time asking . $5,635 additional 
from B. P. Schulberg. 

Other recipients of Governmental ' 
invitations were Boris Morros, $1,282; 
Sam Jaffe, $1,491; Walter Catlett 
$937, and James and Lucille Gleason, 
$900 each. 



U. SAYS DARRIEUX 
WILL MAKE ANOTHER 



Universal officials expect Danielle 
Darrieux, French screen actress, 
back in Hollywood, to start work on 
her second feature for U this fall. 

She ia scheduled for at least ona 
feature oh Universal's 1939-40 prO'* 
gram. Previous contract for picture 
work, claimed by a French producer, 
thus far has prevented Miss Dar- 
rieux from starting her next U pro- 
duction. 



FIELDS T;ATn up AGAIN 

Hollywood, June 0. 
W. C. Fields Is recovering in Pasa- 
dena Sanitarium from a pneumpnit 
siege. 



Stodio Contracts 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Metro renewed Fay Holden's 
player ticket 

Paramount signed Janet Waldo to 
miiior contract 

Samuel Goldwyn picked up Alan 
Baldwin's player option. 

Paramount handed moppet ticket 
to Carolyn Lee. 

Charles Halton inked three-picture 
pact at Paramount ' - 

Universal hoisted Frank Skinner I 
option as composer-arranger. 



Wednesdaft June 7, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



NON-THEATRICAL 




Chi Bans Russian Anti-Nazi Film, 
'Oppenheim Family ; Other Reactions 



Chicago, Juiie 6. 
Chicago censors nixed another 

• anti-Nazi flicker last week, this 
. time The Oppenheim Family,' Rus- 
.eian- film. Board turned picture 

• down on charges that It was propa- 
ganda and 'exposes to contempt a 

■ class of citizens.' 

Civil Liberties Union bas filed a 

• protest against the baa Previously 
the board has banned such pictures 
as March of Time's 'Inside Nazi 
Germany,' 'Professor Mamlock,' 

' 'Concentration Camp,' but all three 
of these pictures were later re- 
leased. — — . 

Detroit's Antl-SoVlet He 

Detroit, June 6. 
At behest of a committee of SO 
Detroit housewives, common coun- 
cil is drafting a new city ordinance 
which would ban films Inciting class 
haired, riot and un-Amerlcanism. 
Pemmes were led by Mrs. Blanche 
" Winters, pr;ez. of Women's Legion of 
the Blue Cross, who told the coun- 
' cU: 

'Many films being shown In De- 
troit at present are noAlng more 
than Soviet propaganda; they teach 
revolution. It's getting so a mother 
has to. be both a lawyer and a de- 
' tective to know where to send her 
' children.. We want laws' to protect 
our rights; we're marching. 

•Another bad thing is these double 
features. There's always- one bad 
t>lcture with one good ope.' 
Nathaniel H. .Goldstlck," asst cor- 
. poratlon counsel who was told to 
prepare the i^ew ordinance, told the 
council that attempts had been made 
' to take legal, action agalfist foreign 
.propaganda pictures under th^ ordl- 
' nance banning Immoral films, but 
" that the state supreme court bad 
' held the ordinancie did not apply to 
such flickers. 

London's 'Mamloek' Ban 

London, Jtme 1. 
New hope of getting ban lifted 
from 'Professor Mamlock' In U. K 
Is inspired by British Board of Film 
Censors giving approval to "Confes- 
Bions of a Nazi Spy,' which First 
National will distribute here. Pic- 
ture's frankly anti-German theme 
was expected to be frowned down 
by the censor, but it will now be 
rushed into the Warner theatre 
June 9. 

. Unity. Films will now want to 
know the reason why 'Mamlock' was 
barred, as it has a . similar motive. 
Film was also embargoed by London 
County Council, when distribs ap' 

■ pealed for them to override B.B.F.C. 
veto, reason given by the Socialist- 
controlled body being fear of dis- 
turbances in theatres. If 'Mamlock' 
stays out in the cold, they will say 
there Is one law for American and 

' another for Russian fllmis. 



German Canadians' Stance 

Regina, Sask., June 0. 
With nearly one-third province of 
Germanic origin, largest In Canada 
' percentage, 'Confessions of a Nazi 
Spy' proved a dud at Metropolitan 
here and other showhouses. Even 
anti-Nazis among predominant non' 
English Canadians here did not go 
to see pic. Might have got better 
reception had It hit at Hitler only, 
but fact it threw aU Germans In 
poor light hurt b.o. chances. 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Studio heads are keeping a diplo- 
matic eye on France, . walthig for 
further changes In the European at- 
titude toward anti-dictator pictures. 
England, previously against such 
films, recently changed its stand and 
okayed Warners 'Confessions of a 
Nazi Spy/ 

Warners hopes the picture will be 
approved in France, since Paris 
newspapers have been permitted to 
serialize Leon TUrrou's 'Nazi Spies 
In America," on which the film was 
based. 



HUltPET TEES UP 

Hollywood, June 9. 
Ralph Murphy's first Job under his 
new Paramount director contract is 
■ Our Neighbors— the Carters.' 
Picture rolls in three weeks. 



Frank Ghosts 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Now is the time for all good 
flacks to come to the aid of the 
columnists. With this idea in 
mind. Bob Taplinger is sending 
out' his annual offer of guest col- 
tUTins, supposedly written by 16 
top flight players, to fill news- 
paper space while the columnists 
ar^ on vacation. Plan origin- 
ated last year and was grabl>ed 
enthusiastically by Xos Angeles 
and out-of-town scribes. 

Columns are written by flacks 
and by-lined by picture names. 



B'way Capitol Breaks 
Down Its Overhead 
For lynton' Award 

An award of $16,470 was made 
Saturday .(3) to Edward Sheldon 
and Margaret Ayer Barnes against 
the Moredall Realty Corp.,' owners 
of the Capitol theatre, N.Y, by spe- 
cial master. Kenneth E. Walser In 
N.Y. Federal court. This is in con- 
nection with the exhibition of 'Letty 
Lynton,' which has been declared a 
plagiarism of the plaintiff's play, 
'Dishonored Lady.' 

In arriving at the amount of dam- 
ages, the special master decided to 
award total profits tor the exhibi- 
tion, minus the cost of rental. Profits 
were $41,052, and the cost of the pic- 
ture to the Capitol for the two weeks 
was $24,581. 

Other points of interest In the 374- 
page report were that the picture, 
which played from April 29-May 12, 
1932, to a total audience of 159,919, 
grossed $116,889. The payroll was 
$10,975, trade bills totaled $14,216, 
the stage show cost $32,003, the fixed 
wages were $12,695, two shorts were 
$750, and the Federal income tax 
was apportioned at $2,979. 

O'Brien, Driscoll 8c Raftery, attor- 
neys for the plaintiff,, disclosed that 
they had no intentions of suing any 
other theatre that played the film. 
They pointed out that the award of 
$532,000 secured from Loew's, Inc., 
Culver Export Corp. and Metro, cov- 
ered the situation, as these com- 
panies taxed their theatres for the 
profits they had derived from the 
exhibition of the picture. It was also 
stated that even if suits against 
other theatres should be brought 
now, they would be outlawed by 
the statute of limitations. 

Special Master Walser also filed 
a request for $1,500 for his services. 



WB-SJ. BOTH CLAIM 
FLORA ROBSON FOR FIX 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Warners and Selznlck - Interna- 
tional are disputing priority to the 
services of Flora Robson, English 
actress, who's set for Selznick's 
'Rebecca.' 

Warners claims, the actress, now 
in London, agreed to appear in the 
Paul Muni picture, 'We Are Not 
Alone,' her arrival here, while S-I is 
putting 'Rebecca' in work as soon as 
she gets here. She's due in July 3. 



$25,000 Film Settlement 
Reported for Amstein 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Nicky Arnstein has reportedly ac- 
cepted $25,000 settlement for his 
$150,000 suit against 20th-Fox charg- 
ing libel and invasion of his private 
rights through characterization in 
'Rose of Washington Square' alleged 
by him to parallel his life. 

Arnstein's former wife, Fanny 
Brice, also complained' to the studio 
but took no legal steps. 



SCiiOOL, PRESS 




.0. 



Newspaper-Sponsored Spec- 
tacles Ruin. Regular The- 
atres — Schoolhouse Films 
at 1-Sc Also Damaging 



PHILLY'S SURVEY 



Minneapolis, June 6. 

Local exhibitors are 'gunning for 
what they claim Is 'unfair opposi- 
tion.' Particularly under their dis- 
pleasure at this time are Increasing 
number of newspaper - sponsored 
shows and school films, 

Recently the Minneapolis Star 
put on a big fishermen's show which 
drew 7,500 to the Auditorium after 
heavy gratis newspaper and radio 
pilugglng. On the same night most 
of the theatres were practically de- 
serted. The same newspaper annual- 
ly stages a half-week cooking school 
in the Armory and also puts on fhe 
'Golden Gloves' tournament for pro- 
motional purpioses each year. 

Each of the other Minneapolis 
newspapers' also have annual cooking 
schools that run a half -week or 
longer. At first these 'schools' were 
held only' In the afternoons and were 
confined mainly to exhibits and In- 
structions on cooking. Now they're 
matinee and evening affairs and In- 
clude elaborate entertainment that 
has no connection with, cooking. 
They, draw capacity houses and cut 
into theatre grosses substantially. 
Theatres spend huge sums, with the 
newspapers annually, the exhibitors 
point out in their beefs. 

Northwest Allied last week pro- 
tested to Carrol Reed, superintendent 
of school^ against the showing of 
feature pictures and. serials In school 
auditoriums at recess periods and ad- 
mission 'ranges from 1 to 5c. Net 
proceeds go Into various school 
funds. At least one major company, 
as well as most of the independents, 
service the schools. 

Reed agreed to issue an order to 
school principals that no picturies of 
more than two reels' length and no 
serials henceforth should be shown. 
However, Reed declared, there is a 
question relative to his lack of juris- 
diction In' this particular matter and 
'some principals may not see fit to 
cooperate.' 



4)iukertown Probe 

Philadelphia, June 6. 

More than' 500 churches, lodges, 
clubs and other non-theatricals in 
PhiUy are regularly showing films 
for profit In competish with pic 
houses, a quiet survey by the police 
revealed this week. Investigation 
was made on orders of Fire Mar 
shal Jacob S. Clinton as a start to- 
wards action to eliminate the 'ama 
teurs' as a fire hazard and source 
of unfair competition. 

Letters will be sent later this 
week by Clinton, the superintendent 
of police and the receiver of taxes, 
notifying the non-theatrical exhibs 
that they are violating city and state 
laws. 

Clinton said the first demand by 
the Public Safety department will 
be that each organization have 
standard equipment, fireproof booth 
and complies with all safety regula- 
tions. As few are expected to go to 
the expense of compliance with the 
stringent rules, Clinton said he ex- 
pected most of them would go out 
of the exhibition business. He said 
he felt he has 'been too. lax in the 
past and we are taking action now 
to prevent a disastrous - Are which 
would be sure to break out in these 
places sooner or later.' 

Even if safety laws are met. Clin 
ton said, non-pro exhibs will be 
given licenses for only one per- 
formance so that they cannot show 
films regularly in competish with 
theatres. If claims are made that 
the shows are being run for char- 
ity, organizations will have to file 
an affidavit to that effect and be 
prepared to prove their claim. 

Too often, we have found,' Clin- 



Sweeping Investigation Into Fox 
Theatre Co. Mairs Forecast By 
U.S. Judge; Manton Had Presided 



In the Carpet Bag 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Civil War ended on the Selz- 
nick-International lot with the 
filming of the fall of Atlanta 
in 'Gone With the Wind.' 

It's all over but the carpet- 
bagging. 



Ed Churchill's Agcy. 
To Stand Examination 
In miovie Quiz' Ad Suit 



The appellate division of the N> Y. 
supreme court Monday (5) reversed 
a decision of supreme court Justice 
Philip McCook, and allowed Edward 
J. Pfeiffer to examine Edward J. 
Churchill and Donahue & Co. be- 
fore trial. Pfeiffer Is suing the ad 
agency for $100,000 claiming plagiar- 
ism of his idea, allegedly submitted 
to them July 13, 1938, for the 'Movie 
Quiz.' 

Another point allowed to Pfeiffer 
is that the agency must tell how 
much money it received for handling 
the advertising for the Quiz. 



ADD: STOVER-STIRN 
VS. RiCKABY AND RKO 



The Circuit Court of Appeals In 
New York Monday- (5) reserved de- 
cision on an application by John S. 
Stover, representing Ernest W. 
Stim, of Milwaukee, appealing RKO 
stockholder to give him until today 
(Wed.) to file his record on appeal. 
The court also reserved decision on 
the request of H. C. Rlckaby, rep- 
resenting the Atlas Corp., proponents 
of the plan of reorganization of RKO, 
to dismiss the appeal. 

Justice Learned Hand, after listen- 
ing to argiuients on both sides, in 
which Stover declared he would be 
ready today (Wed.), and Rlckaby ac- 
cused Stover of stalling, declared that 
regardless of the decision, the ap- 
peals would be heard and decided 
this month. 



EXTRA HELPING 



Sapei Drew $28S,000 and 4,S0t More 
Jobs In Hay 



Hollywood, June 6. 
May was an extra prosperous 
month for extras in the film Industry. 
Players earned' $280,000 during the 
month, with more than 26,000 place- 
ments. 

Total of placements was .4,000 more 
than any other-month this year. 



A decision which Indiciates s 
sweeping Investigation Into the 
affairs of Fox Theatres Corp., as 
handled by foriner Judge Martin T. 
Manton, was made Monday (5) In 
the New York federal court, when 
Judge John C. Knox refused to allow 
a fee to Archibald R. Watson, former 
attorney for Milton C. Weisman, re- 
ceiver of Fox Theatres. Watson, 
who has received $51,500 on account. 
Is asking for $41,500 more for 648 
days of work from June 22, 1932 to 
Oct. 30, 1934. During this period he 
eliminated $3,990,386 in claims against 
the corporation and won for it $500,- 
000 In cash and stock worth $330,505 
in a suit against Fox Film, and 29 
other persons and corporations. 

Jiidge Knox's opinion declared,' 
'Without Intending to prejudice the 
application of Mr. Watson for 
further allowances, in view of cer- 
tain circumstances which have been 
brought to my attention, I think It 
wise and - expedient to postpone 
everything until these matters have 
been clarified. Despite Watson'a 
connection with the estate having 
terminated In 1934, and that further 
postponement ' Is unfair to him, 
nevertheless, public policy must take 
precedent over private rate, so th* 
petition must await further develop- 
ments. 

The application was opposed by 
the Stockholders Protective Com- 
lA'ittee, on the grounds that Watson 
has been paid sufficiently for his. 
work. 

Judge Knox Is expected to appoint 
a referee to look into the affairs of 
Fox . Theatres within the next few 
days. 

. This Is due to charges made 
against the receiver of Fox Theatres, 
Milton C. Weisman, by the stock- 
holders and bondholders of misuse 
of funds. Weisman was a Manton 
appointee, and Judge Knox's opin- 
ion, while not stating so directly, In- 
dicates that the federal court will 
probe all decisions of Manton in this 
inquiry. Manton was found guilty 
late last week of 'selling justice* 
while he held office as a Federal 
Court Judge. 



WB INTERESTED IN THE 
RITZES FOR 'SYRACUSE' 



ton told Vaioeiy, 'that so-called 
charity shows are run for the benefit 
of a few promoters. If the showings 
are not strictly for charity, we will 
see to it that the organizations pay 
the same taxes as are levied on thea- 
tres. We hope by this drive to have 
the situation all cleaned up by the 
opening of the fall season.' 

Mono's New Dept. 

Announcement by Monogram that 
it is setting up a non-^heatrlcal de- 
partment in each of its offices In the 
U. S. has exhibs here plenty irked. 
Step by Mono follows similar moves 
in recent months by other distribs. 
Whole subject will probably come up 
before the two exhib organizations 
here at their next meetings. 

Despite the fact that all of the dis- 
tribs, like Mono, declare their non- 
theatrical departments will handle 
releases for engagements 'not In 
competition with regular motion pic- 
ture exhibition,' exhibs claim 'that's 
the bunk.' There's no exhibition of 
film of any kind that's not In com- 
petition with them and doesn't serve 
to k^ep people away from theatres, 
the way they look at It. 



Pittsburgh, Jime 6. 

Ritz Bros, wound up three weeks 
of p.a.'s at Stanley here last Thurs- 
day (1) and after vacationing in New 
York for few days will depart for. 
Hollywood to begin a new picture for 
20th-Fox. They have two films un- 
der their current contract at the 
Zanuck plant Next filcker will bet. 
an original story with a college and 
Tin Pan Alley background. 

Understood that MCA. which 
bought the Riizes' contract from 
Lou Irwin for $25,000, is working on 
a deal for them with Warners when 
20th pact expires. -Might do screen 
version of Broadway musical, 'Boys 
from Syracuse,' but at Burbank, with 
Warners presently reported hot on 
the trail of the Rodgers-Hart hit 



Will Rogers Memorial's 
U. of Tex Scholarship 

Austin, June 6. 
The University of Texas was 
$60,000 richer last week, gift being 
donated by the Will Rogers Mem- 
orial Fund. Will found a scholar- 
ship. 

Jesse Jones of the Reconstruction 
Finance Corp. made the presenta- 
tion. 



Will Hays and Major L. E. Thomp- 
son, RKO executive, were In Wash- 
ington yesterday (Tuesday) at the 
unveiling of Jo Davidson's statue of 
Will Rogers in Statuary Hall of the 
Capitol building. 

"This unveiling marked the first 
time in film' business history that any 
screen star had been so honored by 
the Government. 



• VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesdaj, Jane 7, 1939 



F3m Distribs Bdk at Nova Scotia 
Law Being Held Over Their Heads; 
Want Repeal or Won t Service Pix 



Bf W. 1. MeNDLTT 

St John, N. B., June 6. 
The film supply situation In Nova 
Scotia has developed another un- 
lavorable complex. Instead of being 
smoothed over by the recent ap- 
pointment of a conciliation ' board, 
representative of a) the exchanges 
covering the territory from St John, 
(2) the theatre chains, and (3) the 
Independent exhibitors, the legisla- 
tion recently enacted to end alleged 
discrimination in favor of the the- 
atre chains has not been proclaimed. 
Although duly passed in the legis- 
lature and given royal assent, the 
Nova Scotian government has prom- 
ised not to proclaim the new. law 
licensing and regulating the ex- 
changes, if the conciliation board 
becomes effective. 

However, the head offices of the 
distributing entities in New York 
and Toronto have now declined to 
continue supplying pictures any- 
where in Nova Scotia tmless a posi- 
tive guarantee is given that tiie ob- 
jectionable legislation will be re- 
pealed at the 1940 session of the 
legislature. This, usually< opens late 
In the winter, at Halifax. The dis- 
tributors refuse to be satisfied with 
a governmental promise of not prO' 
claiming the new legislation. The 
distributors feel that the law on the 
statute boohs, whether proclaimed 
or not constitutes a positive threat 
to their business. Therefore, they 
demand that the definite agreement 
be made not only that the amend- 
ments authorizing the provincial 
censor board to fix film rental prices 
and revoke exchange licenses, will 
not be enforced pending the next 
legislative session, but that repeal 
will be made. 

Thus it Is that .the exhibitors all 
through Nova Scotia are in a quan- 
dary. Tb.e prevailing contracts ex- 
pire chiefly in August and Septemr 
ber. The distributors absolutely re- 
fuse to enter into renewing contracts 
with exhibitors until the repeal is 
guaranteed. This has not been 
forthcoming from the provincial 
government wliose attitude is that 
of suspending the proclamation of 
the legislation while the conciliation 
board functions satisfactorily. How- 
ever, this board has not even got 
started on Its mission. 

Representatives of the St. John 
exchanges and execs from Toronto 
offices had agreed to participation 
in the board, as the solution of a 
very distressing problem. The ban 
on film sales to Nova Scotian exhlbi' 
tors had been ordered from the New 
York and Toronto distribution bases 
right after the 'anti-discrimination' 
bill had been passed in the provin- 
cial assembly. However, this ban 
did not affect the current supply, as 
, practically all the exhibitors have 
contracted for films up to Aug, 
and some up to Sept 1. 

Hie chaotic condition on the sup- 
ply line has Interfered witii plans 
for several new exhibiting projects, 
The ^nsors, after launching nego 
tiations for new theatres or remodel- 
ling old ones, find themselves faced 
with a possibility of not being able 
to get pictures. It all the screen- 
eries are forced to close because of 
the film flow being completely 
halted, it. is estimated that between 
1,200 and 1,500 people will lose 
employment. Including not only 
theatre employes, but exchange 
salesmen. And at a time when 
unemployment is the major eco- 
nomic evil all through Nova Scotia, 
and the relief movement is far in- 
adequate to cope with the prevail- 
ing poverty. 

Distributing through Nova Scotia, 
from St John, are Paramount Regal 
Films, United Artists, Empire-Uni- 
versal, Warner Bros., RKO, Maritime 
Films. The last named is of St John 
origin, and covering the maritime 
provinces only. 

Greene Hort, Pic Limps 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Work on 'Here I Am a Stranger' at 
20th-Fox was halted pending the re- 
covery of Richard Greene, who was 
Injured in a motor accident Pic- 
ture had been shooting two weeks. 

Repairing his rear fender, Greene's 
legs were crushed between his own 
car and another rolling downhill af- 
ter its brakes had loosened. 



RKO WOOS UUGHTON 
FOR HUNCHBACK' ROLE 



F. K. Speidell Reelected . 
As Astoria Studio Prez 

Frank K, Speidell continues' as 
president of Audio Productions, Inc., 
and the Eastern Service studios, As- 
toria, L. I. He was reelected at the 
annual meeting In N, Y. last w«ek. 

Charles h. Glett Was renamed v.p. 
of the - studio company in charge of 
operations, and A.. J. Wilson was 
elected v.p. of Audio over Industrial 
production. E. C. Wagner continues 
as secretary-treasurer of both cor- 
porations and P. J. Mooney as as- 
sistant sec. 



Hollywood, June 6. 
Charles Lau^ton is being over- 
tured by RKO for the title role In 
'Hunchback of Notre Dame.' 

With picture scheduled to start in 
six weeks and th^ studio despairing 
of casting any of the locals for the 
Lon Chaney role, pressure is. being 
applied to have Laughton cut his 
mngiiah assignments and return to 
Hollywood. 



W6-Nat1 Ikatres Breach Opens 
Film Outlets for Odier Distribs 



'GUNGA m sun vs. 

RKO SET FOR HEARING 



Enjoin lATSE From 
Cafling Meetings of 
Its 5 Coast Locals 



ITS l^WEK NET, 
NODIWY 



J. Cheever Cowdin, chairman of 
Universal Pictures Co., Inc., reports 
a net profit of $581,587 for 13 weeks 
ended April 29, before Federal taxes. 
For the six months ending on the 
same date. Cowdin reported $739,578 
net or $1,327,863 improvement over 
the $588,285 loss shown by Universal 
in the first half of the previous fiscal 
year. 

Part of the- improvement in earn- 
ings for U resulted from increased 
revenue and part came from reduced 
expenditures, Cowdin stated this 
week, but would not designate the 
proportion that came from in- 
creased film rentals. Cowdin also 
dedined to indicate whether this 
earning rate is being maintained at 
present or whether it might be in 
the future, but stated that gross in 
come was running higher than at 
this time in 1938. 

Questioned as to whether this big 
pickup in earnings, representing 
more than $2 on the common after 
provision tor preferred Issues, would 
mean a dividend, Cowdin indicated 
that none was in prospect He also 
claimed that' there was no intention 
of calling In any stock issue. 

Last time that Universal showed 
anything like the current earning 
rate wa# back In 1827 when the com' 
pany r^rted net of about $1,502,000 
for the full year. 

2«th-Fbx'a Dlwy 
Twentieth Century-Fox maintained 
its 37 He dividend on preferred and 
60c on common last week, directors 
making the declaration Thursday 
(1). The quarterly divvy on the 
preference issue maintains the aU' 
nual $1.50 rate, being designated as 
covering the second quarttjr of 1930, 
Both dividends are payable June 30 
to stock on record June 15. 



GRIFFITH ABSORBS 
BOOTH'S THEATRES 



Nebraska City, Neb., June 6. 

The W. W. Booth properties of 
Auburn, Neb. and here, will be 
transferred to Griffith Amus. Co. 
thereafter operated as part of the 
Griffith interests now scattered over 
iCansas, Missouri, Texas, Arizona and 
New Mexico. This is the flVst entry 
In Nebraska. 

H. J. GrUath was In on the final 
signaturing of the deal, and Booth 
said he would leave because of his 
health, hoping to locate in some the 
atre in the southwest ' 

R. R. Booth, who has been asso 
ciated with W. W., will retain his 
Interest, staying on as manager in 
Nebraska City for the circuit C. E, 
Souders, manager in Auburn, also 
being retained. 



Hollywood, June 6. 
A new restraining order enjoining 
the lATSE from holding meetings of 
the five newly chartered studio locals 
was Issued by Superior Judge Em' 
met Wilson. The International also 
Is hobbled in transferring members 
of Technicians liOcal 37 to recently 
set up union branches. 

Reported that lA may fliy its entire 
membership of the General Execu- 
tive Board, here to testify that 
George E. Browne, prez, is vested 
with authority from tiiem to declare 
an emergency when the International 
seized control of Local 37. 

Demand for a mistrial was last 
week's loudest explosion in the cur' 
rent legal batUe for control of IiOcal 
37 of International Alliance of The- 
atrical Stage Employees, now being 
waged before Judge Hemy M. Willis 
in superior court Blast was de- 
tonate by George BresUn, attorney 
for lA, when Lew C. C. Blix, former 
business agent, inferred on the stand 
that former prohibition racketeers 
had taken over control of the union, 

Said Breslln: 'It the court has any 
idea that the International is being 
operated by racketeers, I request a 
mistrial.' 

Judge said: 'You're a thousand 
times oft,' and denied the motion. 

The outburst came while A. Brig 
ham Rose, counsel tor officers of 37, 
was questioning BUx about the 
financial setup of Local 37 and.lts re- 
lationship to the International dur 
ing the high pressure membership 
caqipaign of 1936. Rose was trying 
to show that the $100,000 turned 
back to the local when it was granted 
autonomy in 1S38 was only a small 
percentage of the monies collected 
by InternaUonaL 

Action in the local court concerns 
the revocation of the charter of 
Technicians Local 37 and the grant- 
ing of separate charters to five lO' 
cals in different branches of the film 
industry. Revocation was ordered 
by George E. Browne, president in 
New York, and lATSE transferred 
members of 37 into new unions oc- 
cupying the same quarters. The 
workers were directed to re-«nroll 
with Charles J, Ferguson, Local 728; 
Harry M. ShiSman, Local 165; Jo 
seph P. Busch, Local 44; Tom Moore, 
Local 80, and Thomas T. Goset Local 
727. . 

Charter Mystery Cleared 

For a time there was a mystery 
about the disappearance of the Local 
37 charter. The whodunit was 
solved by Breslln, who told the court 
that the missing document had been 
sent to New York by Floyd Billings- 
ley, international representative, on 
orders of Prexy Browne. It had been 
picked up, he testified, in accordance 
with the lATSE constitution. 

Meanwhile seven labor leaders 
were ordered to appear before SU' 
perior Judge Emmet Wilson next 
Tuesday (13) to show cause vrby 
they should not be held in contempt 
for the revocation of the charter. 
Those "so ordered were Prexy 
Browne; John F. Gatelee, Floyd BU' 
lingsley and Frank Strickling, Inter- 
national representatives; Harold 
Smith, former lATSE Coast head; 
Brix, executive secretary 'of Local 37, 
and J. W. Buzzell, executive secre 
tary of Central Labor Council. 



Lonr-Grlffl(h Adds 

Dallas, June 6. 

A new unit in the Long-Griffith 
chain will be started Aug. 1 at ViC' 
toria, Texas, seating 1,200. 

Queen, Bryan, Texas, will be air- 
conditioned, indirectly lighted; 560 
seats. 

The Arlyne, Longview, Texas, 
built by Col. M. T. Flanagan and 
East Texas Theatres, just opened. 



Los Angeles, June 6. 
Harry Gould's Infringement suit 
against RKO over the picture, 
Gunga Din,' is set for hearing in 
Federal court June 26, when Judge 
Paiil J. McCormick will rule on stu- 
dio's motion tor dIsmlssaL 

Suit charged RKO, George Stev- 
ens, Pandro Herman, Ben Hecht 
Charles MacArthur, Fred Guiol and 
Joel Sayre with pirating the yam, 
'Gunga Din or Pawnee WaUah.' 
Story was written by Alfred .Gould- 
ing, who later turned his rights over 
to Gould. 



FnD Length Abroad For 
Laurel-Hardy 4-ReeIers 



Hollywood, June 6. 
Hal Roach rolled the Stan Laurel 
Oliver Hardy starrer, 'A Chump 
Oxford,' as the first of a series 
tour-reelers for the American mar' 
ket 

Pictures will be run at feature 
length for the foreign market owing 
to the popularity of the duo in Eu- 
rope and South America. 



ALUED TO TALK 
OVER MANY 
PROBLEMS 



While the open forum at the na- 
tional convention of Allied States 
Assa in Minneapolis June 13-14-15, 
which is expected to draw a large 
attendance from major distribution 
leaders down the line, will concern 
trade- practices generally, the code 
and other matters, the Neely bill 
will be barred for discussion. Also, 
while Allied denies there is any 
moveinent on toot to form a book- 
ing combine of around 2,500 theatres, 
if anyone wants to discuss this mat- 
ter they may do so. Requests have 
been received to bring the question 
of a booking combine ' up on the 
floor. This will be permitted al- 
though no Allied official will bring 
it up, it is promised. 

Film rentals, sales policies, nature 
at product, independent problems of 
a varied nature, the trade practice 
code and arbitration will be among 
matters opened up wide, for discuS' 
sion. W. AI Steffes, convention 
chairman, has also Tcceived sugges- 
tions that something be done about 
giveaways and that rackets of all 
sorts be discontinued. 

Allied is also concerned about the 
spread of non-theatrical competition, 
notably in the 16mm. field and be- 
lieves this question should be freely 
and widely discussed on the floor. 

It has been decided In opening 
the convensh June 13 that an ex- 
ecutive session be held at which only 
independent exhibitors will be pres- 
ent so that they may express them- 
selves without fear of reprisal or 
attack. At all the other sessions, the 
floor will be completely open to dis- 
cussion of general Industry affairs, 
with representatives of major dis- 
tributors and affiliated chains free 
to discuss any matter brought up. 
Virtually every major producer is 
expected to be represented, with ex- 
hlb leaders from outside of Allied 
also to attend. 



Other MaUcrs 

Minneapolis, June 6. 

The convention will take steps to 
stamp out a growing movement on 
foot among theatre owners through- 
out the U. S. to accept box tops, 
covers, coupons, etc., for admission, 
W. Al Steffes declares. Something 
also will be done, he says, about non- 
theatrical competition 'which Is 
gaining a foothold and which, unless 
stopped immediately, will put legiti- 
mate theatre owners out of business 
by the thousands.' Efforts will be 
made to find a solution to the prob- 
lem of 16 mni. film furnished non- 
theatricals, according to Steffes. 

Only independent exhibitors will 
be admitted to the convention's first 
meeting, an executive session, 'in 
order, that theatre owners, including 
non-members of the organization, 
may have a chance to be heard 
without fear of reprisals,' says 
Steffes. All other sessions, however, 
will be thrown open to producer- 
distributor representatives, but the 
vote- on the proposed new industry 
code will be by secret ballot he 
says. 



Complete break between Warner 
Bros, and National Theatres after 
discussions for a deal, to cover the 
1939-40 season may mean a loss to 
WB of $1,000,000 or more, it is esti> 
matied. WB has already closed a few 
deals for "39-40 with independenti 
who are In opposition to National. 

Skouras Brothers, who operate the 
National circuit (Fox-West Coast) 
for 20th-Fox and the Chase National 
Bank, are blAmed for the policies 
against which WB complains. Spyro* 
Skouras heads the chain at the 20th. 
Fox home office, while Charles P. 
Skouras is in charge ot the Fox- West 
Coast group in National at Iios An- 
geles. Other units are Fox Inter', 
mountain and Fox Mid west,, the last- 
mentioned numbering over 100 
houses In Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mis- 
souri and Nebraska. National circuit 
comprises nearly 500 houses. 

While Warner has been playing in 
a majority of these theatres, though 
not all, the decision to sell away 
from National affects all territories. 
With WB product taken away from 
National, It should provide a larger- 
opening for other distributors deal- 
ing with National in spots where WB 
sold the chain. Skouras houses in 
Greater New York are not affected 
by the break with National, WB hav- 
ing no trouble with the eastern 
group, George Skouras, in N, Y, 
over the local group, also operates 
houses In the United Artists Theatre 
circuit headed by Joseph M. Schendc, 
Lee Shubert and others. 

The Warner decision to break with 
National is due not only to unsatis- 
factory terms offered by National 
but also because of a policy on the 
part of the circuit to double up too 
many top bracket pictures on -dual 
bills, reducing the rental possibili- 
ties. ' While WB has had percentage 
deals In various spots with National, 
in numerous cases the distrib has 
had to accept flat rental deals. WB 
has always favored percentage deals 
and a couple of seasons back sought 
to eliminate flat rentals completely. 

The break with National is be- 
lieved to be the most important of 
Its kind ever to occurs Several sea- 
sons back United Artists had con> 
siderable trouble with some ot the 
chains and sold away to inde- 
pendents in territories where It 
couldn't get the deals it believed it 
should have. AI Lichtman was with 
the company at that time. UA at 
one time decided to build In oppn* 
sition to Fox-West Coast 

Sears' Statement 

Grad Sears, distribution head fbr 
Warner Bros., now in Hollywood, 
Issued a statement on the decision to 
sell away from National, reading in 
part 

'A policy which makes possible 
the presentation of two 'A' attract . 
Uons such as 'Dodge City' and 'Alex> 
ander Graham Bell,' 'Wutherhig 
Heights' and 'Three Smart Girls,' 
'Oklahoma Kid' and 'Love Affair,' 
and "Navy Blue and Gold' and 'Sub- 
marine D-1' is definitely destructive, 
both 'as tar as the public and pro- 
ducers are concerned. 

The double-feature policy as prac- 
ticed by Tox-West Coast reduces the 
possibility of film rentals on deserv- 
ing pictures, freezing the possibility 
of returns to such an extent that to 
support this practice makes it im- 
possible to produce fine, big-budget 
productions fOr fair returns. Cer- 
tainly this policy stifles incentive on 
the part of the producers who are 
just as anxious to make great box- 
office attractions as exhibitors are to 
play them. 

'It is our opinion tiiat Warner 
pictures merit the greatest possible 
expenditure of showmanship and 
merchandising to match their im- 
portance. As Fox-West Coast has 
failed to give our product this kind 
of treatment and to produce the re- 
turns which our pictures deserve, 
We shall seek new markets and 
build soundly and constructively to- 
ward the future.' 

Skonras' Staicmcnt 

Holding off on an official statement 
until late last night (Tucs.), Spyros 
Skouras, operating head of National, 
attacked the WB stand concerning 
the doubling ot films in National 
houses. He charged that WB duals 
in over 300 of its own theatres and 
named the Beverly-Wilshire on the 
Coast together with double bills of 
'A' pictures that have been played 
there. No other hoxiscs or twin-fea- 
ture programs were specified. 

Declaring it has always been the 
policy of National to ar.ange the 
(Continued on pagi. 44) 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VAKBSTr 



'imtit Strong $35,000 in WobUy 
dn- -mney Dd Not Bad 12G, 
mado'-VandeFairlSaUAFoMs 



First Rims on Broadway 



Week of Jane S 



Chicago, June 6. 

fTnlted Artists theatre closed on 
Trtdor ni£ht (2) and is due to stay 
£2Stered untU at least July 15 from 
^Msent indication;. Product source 
Em dried up for this house and 
raSier than stnieele with knovm 
weakleB, Bolabon & Katz and Metro 
luvedecided to call it a vocation. 

Best pace currently in the down- 
town sector is 'Juarez* ot the Chlcaso 
where it is turning in a satiatactory 
eross considering- tiie general dol- 
Srums <rf the territory at this time. 

Gilbert and SuULvan are stiU 
around, this time with the EngUsb- 
niade The Mikado' in the Palace 
where it is attracUng women and 
youngsters. 'Mikado' name itself has 
become generally well-known 
tbrmighout the masses of the public 
in recent months due to the colored 
swing stage versions, and this pub- 
licity is reacting favorably. 

iutz Bros.' *Gorilla' is struggling at 
' the ApoUo as a newcomer while the 
Garrick drew a holdover week of 
•Rose of Washington Square,' moved 
over from the Chicago. 

Estlaiates for This Weak 

Apollo. (B&K) (1,200; 35-55)— 
•Gorilla' (20th). Not very exciting at 
contemplated $4,500. Last week, 
•'Cisco' (20th) at same pace with 
14,300. 

Chicago (B&K) (4,000; 3S-55-75)— 
'Juarez' (WB) and stage show. Show- 
ing, good strength at the wicket with 
general public recognition of this ss 
« 'big' picture; lieads for $35,000, 
n]a.ty all right liost weeic, 'Wash- 
higton Square' (20th) turned In fair 
enough $25,000. 

Oorrick (B&K) (900;. 35-55)— 
^Washington Square' (20th). Hold- 
over looks for $4,000, okay. 
week, double feature lake It Hot' 
(nr) and 'Eagle and Hawk* (Par), 
$4100. 

Oriental (Jones) (3^00; 25-40)— 
•Made Her Spy' (RKO) and 'Love 
or Money" (u) and vaude. Satis- 
factory take in the oSing here at 
$12,000 for the- session. Last week, 
'Prison Without Bars' (UA) and 'Big 
Town Czar* (U) fair enough $11,000. 

Foiace (RKO) (2,500; 36-35-05-75) 
^"Mikado' (U) and vaude. Getting a 
femme and youngster trade- mainly, 
but the total won't add up to any- 
thhig outstanding, and Indications 
on for lust fair $15,000 on the weeli. 
Last -(reek, 'Sorority House' (RKO) 
tioned in bang-up $23,000 with aid of 
Eleanor Poweu on stage. _ 

BMsevelt (B&K) (1,500; 35-S5-6S 
15)— •Nazi Spy" (WB) (2nd week). 
Headed for aU right $8,000 currently 
after taking satisfactory $12,200 for 
tha initial session. 'Man of Con- 
quesf (Rep) next . „ „v 

State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 25-40-55) 
>-'Sgt Madden* (M-G) and vaude. 
Going ahead to $11,000, okay, cur- 
rently. Last week. 'Moto in Danger' 
(20th) came through with same 
$11,000. 

Halted Artists (B&K-MG) (1,700). 
Shuttered on Friday night (2) for at 
least six weelcs. Last week, 'Wonder- 
ful World' (M-G) wound up a stanza 
to meek $7.500, 

Dk $4^00, 'GoriUa' 

$4»000, PorOand OK 

Portland, Ore., June 6. 

Two strong pix held, again this 
week. 'Only Angels Have Wings' is 
In its second stanza at the Para- 
mount and doing nicely. May hold 
longer, 'Confessions of a Nazi Spy' 
la now at the Mayfalr for a third 
week t<J okay money. 'Spy' mopped 
up for a fortnight at the UA. 
.Among new opening pix, 'Man of 
Conquest' is fair at the Broadway. 
Ditto for the 'Gorlllo' at the Or- 
pheum. 

Estimates for This Week 

Broadway (Parker) (2,000; 30-35- 
40)— 'Man Conquest' (Reo) and 
'Away with Murder' (WB). Well 
exploited and fair returns at $4,500. 
Last week 'Wonderful World' (M-G) 
aad 'Code of Streets' (U) closed an 
Average second week for $4,300 after 
big $0,000 on the Brst lap. 

Mayfalr (Parker-I^rergreen) (l.SOOi 
80-35-40)— 'Nazi Spy' (WB) and 
Love of Money* (U), third week on 
move-over to this house from the 
VA. StUl good for okay $3,000. Last 
week 'Rose* (20th) and Twelve 
Hours' (RKD) closed a fair second 
week for average $2,200. 

Orphenm (Homriek - Evergreen) 
<1>800; 30-35-40)— '(SoriUa' (20th) and 
Women in Whid' (WB). About aver- 
age $4,000. Last week 'Romance Red- 
w?ods' (Col) ond 'Hotel Imperial' 
> (Par) good enough $4,300. 

Paramonnt (Hamrick - Evergreen) 
aoOO: 30-35-40) — 'Angels Have 
Wngs* (Col) and 'Boy Friend' (20th) 
vZtt wk). Holding up strong for 
good $4,800. First week put this 
house over the top for big tSflOO. 
-Wx (Indie) (1,100; 20-25)— Tom 
Sawyer DetecUve' (Par) and "Moto's 
Ijast Warning" (20th) (revivals) plus 
aaa Buzzlngton's comedy vaud. 



Strong $3,00a Lost week 'Muske- 
teers' (20tb) and 'Chan in Honolulu' 
(20th) with stage unit 'Broadway 
Merry-Cjo-Round,' $2,600 principally 
on the vaude appeal. 

Cnlted. Artlsi» (Parker) (1.000; 30- 
35-40)— 'Dr. KUdare' (M-G) and TeU 
No Tales' (M-G). Keeping this house 
up to par at $4,000, fair. Last week 
'Nazi Spy* (WB) and 'Love Money* 
(U) closed good sec<md week at $4,- 
400. First big $8^300. 

CROsamooo, 

OMAHA BE1TER 



Omaha, June 6. 

Top money is going- to 'East Side 
ot Heaven' at the Orphetun -with a 
take of $9,000. Theatre biz has 
leveled to a summer pace. 

Terrific rains the last few days In 
the, Omaha territory may mean good 
crops and eventually pull this area 
out ot the doldrums next fall and 
winter. 

Estimates tor This Week 

Avenue • Dnndee - BOUtary (Gold- 
berg) (800-950-600; 10-25)- "Castles' 
(RKO) and I'm from Missouri' 
(Par), split with Tailspin" (20th), 
'Persons Hiding" (Par) and "Road to 
Reno" (U), tripler. Headed for $1,900. 
dandy. Last week. 'Ice FoUies" (M-G) 
and 'Oklahoma Kid' (WB), split with 
'Musketeers' (20th). 'Chan Honolulu' 
(20th) and Tough Guys' (U), tripler, 
$1,700, fair. 

Brandels (Singer-RKO) (1,250; 10- 
25-35-40)— 'Angels Have Wings' (Col) 
and 'Rookie Cop' (RKO) (M wk). 
Holding well tor $4,600, after socko 
$8,500 first weeln. 

Omaha. (Blank) 10-25-40)— 'Won- 
derful World* (M-G) and 'Society 
Lawyer' (M-G). Aiming toward 
$8,000. good. Last week, "Lucky 
Night* (M-G) and 'Kid Texas* (M-G), 
$7,500, n.sJi, 

Orphenm (Blank) (3,000; 10-25-40) 
—'East Side Heaven* (U) and 'Spirit 
Culver" (U). Getting the town*s biz 
for $9,000, dandy. Last week, "Dodge 
City' (WB) and "Family Next Door* 
(U). $8,500. fair. 

Town (Goldberg) (1,250; 10-20-25) 
—'Montana Skies' (Rep), 'Persons 
Hiding! (Par) and TOilspin' (20th), 
tripler; split with 'Gun Justice* (U), 
Tm from Missouri" (Par) and 
'Castles' (RKO), tripler. Shooting at 
$1,900. nice. Last week, 'Road Reno* 
(U), 'Inside Story* (20th). and 'Olda- 
homa Kid' (WB). tripler; spUt with 
'Arizona Cowboy* (Col), There Goes 
Heart" (UA) and Tough Guys" (U), 
tripler, $1,700, good. 

Heaven' Plendful 
$4,100, lincoln, Fine 

Lincoln, June 0. 
Two-way cut of the money being 
made by 'East Side of Heaven" and 
'Wonderful World," although the 
town tends to take it easy. Best 
news is the h.o. on 'Angels Wings" 
which creamed the town the first 
week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Colonial (NTI-Noble-Monroe) (750; 
10-15)— 'High Flyers" (RKO) and 
Texas Steers' (Rep), split with 
'Wyoming Trail' (Mono) and 
'Naughty Girls' (RKO). Average 
$900. Last week, . 'Lawless Valley' 
(RKO) and 'Chase "Xourself (RKO) 
split with 'Montana Skies' (Rep) 
and 'Condemned Women' (RKO). 
good $950. 

.Liberty (NTI-Noble) (1,000: 10-15- 
20-25^'Code Secret Service' (WB) 
and 'Missing Daughters' (Col). Only 
fair, $1,000. Last weelE, 'Affairs Anna- 
bel' (RKO) with Johnny O'Brien's 
unit three days split with 'Fixer 
Dugan' (RKO), $1,100. very light 

Lincoln (LTC-Cooper) (1,600; 10- 
20-25)— 'Jones Family' (20th) and 
'Crooked Mile" (Par). Nice $2,400. 
Last week, "Musketeers' (20th) and 
'King Chinatown'- (Par), $1,700, dis- 
appointing. 

Nebraska (LTC-Cooper) (1,238; 10 
25-35) — 'Wonderful World' (M-G). 
Fairly good prospect $3,200. Last 
week, ^uthering Heights" (UA), 
miserable $2,400. 

Stnarl (LTC-Cooper) (1,900; lO' 
25-35) — 'East Side Heaven' (U). 
Aiming toward a sweet $<,100. Last 
week, 'Castles' (RKO) lasted barely 
a week with $2,«00, n.g. Replaced by 
'Cafe Society' (Par) which stayed 
three days and out for slimmish 
$1,000. 

Varsity (NTI-Noble) (1.100; 10-25- 
35)— 'Angels Have Wings' (Col) (2d 
wk). Did $3,Q00 on the first round 
and is aiming for $2,000 on the 
second, okay. 



fSubject to Change) 
AstM^'CiOodbye Mr. Chips' 

(M-G) (4th wh!.). 
Capitol— 8.000 Enemies' (M-G), 
(Reoletoed In Vaioett, May 31) 
Criterion — ^"Gracie Allen Mur- 
der Case' (Par) (7).- 

(Ratrfeued In VAuar, Kay 17) 
Glob e— 'Missing Daughters* 

(Col) (10). 
Hasto Boll— "The Sun Never 

sets' (U). 

(RetHeued in Current Issue) 
Panunonnt — 'Invitation to 

Happiness* (Par) (7). 
(Reirtetiied In VAmErV. May 10) 
Blalfo— 'Girl . from Mexico' 

(RKO) & Hacketeers \tt the 

Range' (RKO) (9). 
(Repieued in VAsiErr, May 24) 
(Reoieuied in Vabieiy, May 31) 
B*xy— "Young Mr. Lincoln' 

(20th> (2d wk.). 
Strand—Juarez' (WB) (2d 

wk.). 

Week of Jnne IS 
Aster — ^taoodbye, Mr. Chips* 

(M-G) (5th wk.). 
C^tol— Tarzan Finds a Son* 

(M-G). 

(RotHetsed in VAinErr, Hoy 31) 

Crtterloa— 'Grand Jury's Se- 
crets' (Par) (15). • 

Hnaie HaU — '(3ouds Over 
Europe* (Col). 

.Paraaaiint— 'Invitation to 
Happiness* (Par) (2d wk.). 

Boxy— "Young Hit. Lincoln' . 
(20th) (3d wk.). 

Strand— Juarez' (WB) (4th 
wk.). 



TURirraCEOG 
IN SHAKY BUFF. 



Buffalo, June 6. 

Current box office takings are con- 
tinuing to slide to lower levels. The 
spurt which Memorial Day gave to 
last week's grosses is noticeably ab- 
sent and figures are heading for the 
basement 'Wonderful World" is in 
the lead, but running light "Fury' 
dueling at the Lakes is snowing un- 
expected strength. 

Estimates for This Week 

BoBale (Shea) (3.500; 30-35-55)— 
'Wonderful World' (M-G). Pace is 
slowing w here with indications of 
summery nusiness. Around $10,000, 
or a little better. Lost week 'Juarez' 
(WB) hit fair $11,000 on hoUday 
spurt 

Ccntory (Shea) (3.000; 25-35)— 
'Eagle and Hawk' (Par) and 'Nancy 
Drew Reporter' (WB). Running 
evenly for slighil/ over $5,000. Last 
week 'GorU&' (20th) and 'Boy 
Friend' (20th). better than antici- 
pated at $5,000. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,000; 30-50) 
— 'Captain Fury' (UA) and 'Girl 
from Mexico" (RKO). Okay at 
around $9,000. Last week 'Allen 
Murder Case' (Par) and 'Hotel Im- 
perial' (Par), complete floppo with 
^600. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 25-35)— 'Bridal 
Suite" (M-G) and Torchy Mayor" 
(WB). Very soft $4,500. Last week 
Like It Hot' (ParYand "Back Door 
Heaven' . (Par) plent" under par, 
$4 700 

Lafayette (Hayman) (3,300; 25-35) 
—'Angels Have Wings" (Col) (2d 
wk). Holdover mild around $5,000. 
Last week, very neat first stanza 
climbed to nearly $10,000. 

'U. P; 22G, B'KLYN 

Bli Fine— 'Wonderfol" Dual Hitting 
Fast $17,5«9 Clip 

Brooklyn. Jiine 6. 

Downtown .sector managers have 
no complaints this stanza. Biz fine 
despite warmish weather. Fabian 
Paramount doing well with 'Union 
Pacific' and "Rolfln' in Rhythm' as is 
Loew's Met with 'It's Wonderful 
World' and 'House of Fear.' 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (3.274; 25-35-50) — 'Rose' 
(20th) and 'Fixer Dugan' (RKO) (2d 
wk) plus Baer-Novo fight pics. Okay 
$14,500 indicated. Last weelc, $17,500, 

^*Fox (4,089; 25-35-50)— 'Kid Ko- 
komo' (WB) and 'Streets New York' 
(Mono) (2d wk). Fair £13.500 tor 10 
days. Last week. 'Nazi Spy' (WB) 
and 'Sweepstakes Winner' (Col), nice 
$6,500. 

Met (3.618; 25-35-50)— 'Wonderful 
World' (M-G) and 'House ot Fear* 
(U). Snappy $17,500. Last week, 
•Lucky Nlght'^ (M-G) and 'King Turf 
(UA), okay $15,500. 

Paramonnt (4,126; 25-35-50)— 'Un- 
ion Pacific' (Par) and 'Rollln' in 
Rhythm* (WB). Fine $22,000 for 10 
days. Last week, 'Dark Victory' 
(WB) and 'Torchy' (WB) (3d wk), 
good $9,000. 

Strand (2.870; 25-35-40)— 'White 
Woman' (Par) and 'Unmarried' 
(Par). Mild $4,500, and house closes 
for the summer tomorrow night 
(Wed.). Last week, 'Star Midnight' 
(RKO) and l^ost Patrol' (RKO) 
(re-issues), unexciting $5,000. 



Only 'Juarez' $40,000, 'Chips' ISG^ 
3d Week, Really Strong on B way; 
Mado' Fair 'Lincob' 35G 



Only 'Juarez,' at the Strand after 
a recent brief $2 -run on Broadway, 
and 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips,' in its 
fourth week at the small-seater As- 
tor, are doing any real business on 
Broadway as most managers shed 
tears in their beers. 

Strand booked In Pandio and or- 
chestra, plus acts, with 'Juarez,* 
which had played nearly five weeks 
as a roadshow attraction at the 
Hollywood. The gross will top $40,- 
000. which is unusually good. 'Chips,' 
ended its third week Monday night 
(5) at $15;000, exceUent at flie low 
scale here and the seating capacttir 
ot 1,012. 

■Young Mr. Uncoln* is among 
those suffering from the present b.o. 
drought thou^ highly regarded; 
only around $35,000 on the first wedc, 
but word-of -mouth may up It on the 
holdover. 

Other new pictures this week in- 
clude TeU No Tales' at the Capitol, 
which is dying; The IiUkado* which 
is doing pretty well in view of 
everything, at the Rivoli; "Under- 
cover Doctor,' mild at the Crlt; 
'Climbing High.' Globe Inctunbent 
which is proceeding very poorly, and 
'Street of Misshig Men.*^ with the 
Nova-Baer fight pictures, a Rlolto 
disappointment of mild proportions. 

'Mikado" may pull through to 
$20,000, okay. Tales" Is sad at under 
$10,000; 'Undercover Dr." wlU be 
about $6,000; 'Climbing High' won't 
top a poor $4,000 and^MisSng Men' 
with the fistic films will be only 
around $5,000. 

"Captain Fury' closes a second 
week at the Music Hall tonight 
(Wed.) at only "about $50,000, while 
fourth week for 'Union Pacific." with 
Emeiy Deutsch at the Paramount 
ended last night at $21,600, getting 
by. Deutsch was booked in for the 
final week of "UP." replacing Rich- 
ard Himber. Bob Weitmon held the 
nut down so that ttie picture could 
go a full month here, invitation to 
Happiness," with Harry James bond 
and Jane Froman open this morn- 
ing (Wed.). 

Estlmoles far This Week 

Astor (1,012; 25-40-55-65)- 'Chips' 
(M-G) (4th. week). Holding strong- 
ly, $15,000 being scored for third 
week ending Monday night (5). The 
second round was $15,500. Healthy 
run appears assured. 

CapltM (4,620: 26-35-55-85-$1.25) 
—Tell No Tales' (M-G). A severe 
disappolnter, under $10,000, close to 
all-Ume low. Last week, "Bridal 
Suite' (M-G), this side ot $12,000, 
also very bad. '6.000 Enemies' (M-G) 
opens tomorrow (Thurs.). 

CriterloB (1.662; 25-40-55)— 'Un- 
dercover Doctor' (Par). A little 
better than some recent weeks, but 
not good at $6,000 or bit over. Last 
week, 'Some Like It Hot* (Par), 
subtly over $5,000. 

Plobe (1,274; 25-40-55)— 'aimblng 
High' (.Col). Top take wUl probably 
be $4,000, bad. In ahead. 'Chan in 
Reno' (20th), pulled after five brutal 
days at $3,000, 

Palace (1,700; 26-35^55)— 'Washing- 
ton Sq.' (20th) (2d run) and 'Panama 
Lady" (RKO) (1st run), dualed, plus 
Nova-Baer fight film. Double-head- 
er will get around $8,200, fair. Prior 
brace, 'Dark Victory' (WB) and 
'Cisco Kid" (20th), botii 2d run, good 
$9,600. 

Paramonnt (3,064; 29-35-55-85-99) 
—'Invitation to Happhiess' (Par) and 
Harry James band, plus Jane Fro- 
man and others, opened here today 
(Wed.). 'Union Paclflc* (Par) went 
tour weeks, final stanza with Emery 
Deutsch band on stage (Ist week for 
latter) was $21,500, squeezing 
through. Up ahead picture had 
Richard Himber on stage, scoring 
$27,000 third week, $36,000 second 
and $44,500 first tor very good profit 
on run. 

Radio City Mnsle HoU (5,980: 40- 
60-84-99-$1.85)— 'Capt Fury' (UA) 
and stage show (2d-flnal week). Be- 
set by conditions affecting the town, 
only about $50,000 will be shown on 
a holdover that was forced. The 
initial seven days was $71,000. 'Sun 
Never Sets' (U) opens tomorrow 
(Thurs.). 

BUIto (750; 25-40-55) — 'Missing 
Men' (Rep) and Nova-Baer fight film 
Pictures of fight no help to any ap- 
preciable extent and probably not 
over $5,000. mild. Same was grossed 
prior week by 'Under Two Flags' 
(20th) (reissue). Arthur Mayer is 
bringing in a double bill tomorrow 
(Thurs.) ot 'Racketeers ot the Range' 
(RKO) and 'Girl From Mexico' 
(RKO). 

RIvoll (2.092; 25-55-75-85-99) — 
'Mikado' (U). John Wright put on a 
campaign tor this one that is helping 
and against present b.o. pall over 
Broadway^ at $20,000 or over the 
business will be satisfactory. Holds 
over. The final (7th) week tor 
'Wuthering" (UA) was $11,000 for a 
total on the run that added to a heap 
of profit 

Boxy (5.836; 25-40-55-75)— 'Lincoln' 



(20th) and stage show. In here at an 
unfortunate time of the year, with 
the street In sackcloth and esh/es; 
held away below what would be a 
normal take at around $35,000, but 
may build on word-of-mouth. Goes 
into second week Frld^ (0). Last 
week, 'GorlUa' (20*) $27,200, very 
disappointing. . 

^ Stole (3;450: 35-55-78) — "Lucky 
Ni^t' (M-G) (ad run) and, on stage. 
Block and Sully, Irving Caesar, BUlt 
Britton bend. Under hopes at ap- 
proximately $17,000. Lost week close 
to $20,000 was nabbed by Hardys' 
(M-G) and Duke Ellington, pretty 
good In view of things. 
_Steand (2,767; 25-40-55-76-85-69)— 
'Juarez' (WB) and Poncho orchestra. 
Althou^ this picture did indifferent 
bushiess at $2 top at the Hollywood. 
It iB getting a fine ploy here with a 
Mt show and on the first week will 
be beyond $40,000, going a second. 
Lost week, sec<Hid for 'Kokomo* 
(WB) and Ruby Newman's bond, 
close to $13,000, poor. 

IToiHierfiil World' 
Only Wonderful 
11unginPitt,14G 



Pittsburgh, June 6, 
Biz ain't Depresh at Its worst 
was never like this and the walling 
wall has seldom held such capacity 
around these parts. Even so bad 
that boys have run out of alibis and 
are offering a cash prize for a satis- 
factory reasoa End of coal strlk* 
was expected to help, but the walk- 
out might sUU be going f uU blast for 
all that it's reflecting at the b.o. 

Only ray of U^t In the whole 
set-up Is the Penn. where 'It's a 
JJ^on^erfuJ World' Is coming through 

ttteiy satisfactory gross for Itself. On 
«ie other hand, Stanley, which hit a 
new low last week with WtJ 
Brothers and lady's from^ KaS 
tucky,' is flirting wfth anotterl^ 
Igw currently with Bert Wheeler and 




and ' 'Only Angeta' likve" W^e^*^ 
sewnd week merely marking Ume 
at Aivin. 

Estimates tor Ibis Week 

•A^ili^Ti""^? "'^J 26-35-50)— 
Angels Have Wings" (Col) (2d wk.). 
Just sitting in to await "Young Mr. 
IJncolnrT20th) opening ThiisdaS 

Si* «5* sweU notices this 
?.^^ dW-, Nobody's fault however, 
just conditions, since picture not a 
sw^ campaign. Around $7,000 last 

Fniton (Shea-Hyde) (1,700; 25-40) 
■-Tlose' (20th). Out this evening 
(6) one night short ot full thiird 
week to make way for special re- 
served-seat premiere of Dlikado' 
(U). Last stanza of 'Rose' Just fair, 
around $3,200. but Fulton can't com^ 
plain since fllm had previously given 
it a swell fortnight $10,000 opening 
week and around $6,000 last 
^^^'^ (Loew's-UA) (3,300: 25-35- 
50)— 'Wonderful World" (M-G). This 
is the only attraction In town this 
week that's getthig any attention. 
Headed for swell $14,000, which is 
little short of phenomenal In view of 
grosses locally ot late. Lost week 
'Ifi'iS'^ Night' (M-G) a fro?t at 
$10,000. 

Senator (Harris) (1,750; 15-25)— 
'Algiers' (UA) and 'Stand Up' 
(M-G). With 'Four Daughter^ 
(WB) and 'Cowboy and Lady' (UA) 
first three days ot week and current 
bill in tor four, week should result 
in fair enough $1,400. Last week, 
■Lost Horizon' (Col), 'Awful Truth' 
(Col), 'Montana Sides' (Rep) and 
'Star Reporter" (Rep) split around 
$lf200 

Stanley (WB) (3,600; 2S-40-60>— 
'Dr. .Kildare* (M-G) and Bert 
Wheeler. Wheeler-headed show 
hailed by cricks as near the tops, yet 
house is heading for another new 
low. Looks like under $11,000, 
which is brutal. Last week, 'Ladv'r 
from Kentucky* (Par) and Riitz 
Brothers gave site a new all-time 
low at $11,700. 

Warner (WB) (2,000: 25-40)— 
'Mutiny on Bounty' (M-G) and 
'Sorority House' (RKO). Reissue 
figured to get some action,' but pres- 
ent pace indicates around $3,300, no 
good. Last week "Never Say Die" 
(Par) and 'Society Lawiyer" (M-Q) 
even under that around $3,100, 



VARIETY PICTURES Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



FILM SHOWMANSHIP 



Jack Sidney Lores 
Pilots to Bridgeport 
Premiere of 'Angels' 



Bridgeport, June 6. - 

An outstanding exploitation stunt 
lor 'Only Angels Have Wings' (Col) 
was engineered by. Jack Sidney at 
the Loew-PoU theatre. He tied in 
with the Bridgeport Flying Club and 
the organization- in turn invited 
pilots from New York, Rhode Island, 
Massachusetts, New Hampshire and 
Ccmnecticut to a flight breakfast 
and a screening of the 'film. 

Pilots and plaqes,.50 In all, came 
whizzing in. planes . pt all sizes, 
color and make; alsq several women 
flyers. As they arrived. at .the air- 
port they were; registered and a 
loud speaker announced their, home 
port and a ^lug for the picture. 
They kept coming In so fast it looked 
like a Cleveland Air Meet 

Newspapers played it up In ad- 
vance,- which brought thousands to- 
the alrpdrt,. and after their arrival 
they were lined- up in what resem- 
bled a squadron of army planes 
ready to take oS for 6 drill. This 
stunt was a splendid boost for the 
picture, , 

Bridgeport Flying Club praised 
the Loew Poll Theatre lor the- stunt, 
which put the airport right on the 
map. 

An escort plane, with a huge 170- 
loot banner trailing it, met the ia 
coming planes and acted as a great 
ballyhoo ever the city. 



SCREWY STUNTS SEND 
'WORLD' ON DIZZY WHIRL 



Reading, June 6. 
Opening of It's it Wonderful 
World' (MG) at the Colonial ' here 
was used by Iioew's -as- part of an at- 
tempt to determine whether the film 
would sell better if presented as a 
screwbaU comedy .' or as straight 
comedy-drapia. .' Screwball angle was 
the one played up )iere in a hea-vy 
exploitation . campaign . by. George 
Peters, manager, of the house, and 
Jimmy Ashcraft, Metro pluggef.- 

Among the :Etuitts used was the 
placing of an aquarium fllle^i with 
water, pebbles, and grass in a down- 
town window. Sign on it said: "Mal^ 
and Female' Invisible Gold Fish, 
Very Rare. It*3 a Wonderful World.' 
Another window had' a monkey 
wrench displayed with a sign: Ijeft: 
handed monkey--wrench. Very Rare 
It's a Wonderful World.' 

Ten thousand heralds headed 
'Confidential' were distributed at 
cigar counters, restaurants, tap 
rooms and similar places. In the 
middle they had a red spot, witl^ in- 
structions: 'Blow, your breath on this 
spot If it turns black, see your doC' 
tor at once. If it doesn't . see 'It': 
a Wonderful World' at the Colonial.' 

Another stunt employed an empty 
store window. A boy Inside raised 
and lowered a blank xurtain on 
shouted instructions, from another 
kid outside. Whenever a crowd 
gathered, instead of the blank cur 
tain one was lowered .with the leg' 
end: 'If you think this is funny, see 
•It's a Wonderful World' at the Co 
loniaL' - 

Stunt which stopped traffic was 
placing a boy in a raincoat on' a high 
stool on a street comer. He fished in 
an aquarium. On his back was 
sign reading: 'If you think I'm crazy, 
see It's a Wonderful World' at the 
Colonial.' 



Film industry faces a period of boxoffice imcertainty 
which is clouded by disturbing and disrupting legisla- 
tive and anti-trust aggressions from without and con* . 
fused by the trend of trade events affecting all branches 
within the business— production, distribution and ex> 
hibition. Some radical readjustments of a hind and 
nature that may disturb the entire film structure will 
probably be experienced before the situation clarifies. 
Discussing the film panorama from the viewpoint of 
an exliibitor, Robert B. Wilby, partner , of Harold F. 
Kincey, of Wllby-Klncejr theatres in the southeast, 
said; 

I have met no one who can confidently predict tha 
Immediate future. Although I have been in the busi* 
ness for 25 years, I wouldn't attempt any prognostica- 
tion. The only comment I can make is to repeat what 
teU our organization, which operates some 135 the- 
atres. That is, 'Conduct your business in the ismartest 
possible manner. No <>n« has any right to expect 
special dispensations and fayors. If you'r^ not smart, 
enough to cope with your problems, and your com- 
petitor is, he'll take over your troubles gladly, and also 
your businessl' 

Taking up in order of their Importance the various 
Issues which the film industry is meeting, Wilby places 
first on the list the fundamentals of public relations. 
He said: 

'We must never lose sight of the fact that attending 
a film must be made an exciting experience for the 
public, and picture business was founded and has . 
prospered on the theory that the public was getting a 
lot for a ' very small eoat Sometimes I -wonder if: 
we haven't pushed up admission prices too high and 
just beyond the reach of the masses. Frankly, it is a. 
hard question to answer. Overhead of first class the- 
atre operation Is expensive. Lower admissions of com- 
peting subsequent runs cut into first showings vi- 
ciously. But I say the time has come when the ad- 
mission price scales are something to think about 

1 was much impressed recently,' he continued, 'by 
the results which Karl Hoblltzelle is obtaining in the 
Texas territory where the Individual theatre is forcing 
itself into the community life, and is taking its place 
actively in local affairs. This is smart showmanship, 
a step in the right direction, a winner of good will and 
a service that will stabilize exhibition.' 
And the quaUty of current films?. . 
'I shoul^L^y that films are better— that is, the good 
ones show constant improvement over the best that 
have gone before The -fact is, however, and it is well 
known to everyone in the business, that not more than 
100 good-to-great films are made atanually out of a 
total of 400 pictures. 



Everybody on Lookout 
For Mysterious Haisie' 

Providence, June i. 

Loew's successful venture into use 
of auto bumpers as possible adver 
tlslng medium of current attractions 
has manager Edward McBride con- 
tinuing stunt with a teaser strip on 
•Malzle Wai a Lady* (M-G) which 
opens next week. 

Town is literally flooded with 
large banners such as 'Has Anyone 
Seen Maizie,' 'Maizle Is Coming to 
Town' and just the tlUe "Maizie' with 
a huge question mark. Bumper 
cards read Take It £ssy— Maizle Is 
Coming to Town.' Classified ads also 
pressed into service for teaser ads. 

Distribution of 2,000 circulars; radio 
broadcasts andH6ther newspaper pub 
licity round out the campaign. 



By John C. Flinn 



OVEB-PBODUCTIOH WASTIS QTJAIJTT 

"The consumption of pictures is much too fast Tbis 
is brought about because of over-production by every 
company and. .the sales policies of blockbooking which 
compel the purchase of scores of unneeded pictures. 
JBegardless of the quaUty, the exhibition machinery Is 
not geared normally to absorb eo many films, and I 
believe that every distributing organization would 
profit by handling fewer pictures, ' which would open 
playing time for. the good films of all the companies, 
or adopt selective selling which would accomplish the 
same end, so that all good pictures from -whatever 
source would get before the public. 

'We have maintained generally in oiu territory,' he 
said, *a single bill policy, but the pressure from dis- 
tributors is constant to make us and our competition 
play double bills. I'm against duals. Double billing 
obtains in about 70% of the country, chiefly through 
distribution sales policies, not by reaison of exhibitor 
or public desire. 

'It is an incongruous circle of merchandising, the 
equal of which is not to be found in any other line of 
enterprise. And distributors have created the condi- 
tion, through special inducements, and .the determina- 
tion of every company to sell all its product First 
the top picture when played on a dual program is li- 
censed at 5% less than the contract price; second, the 
supporting feature is sold for small rental, and third, 
the reduced percentage is figured after deduction of 
the cost of the supporting film. It doesn't make sense. 

'Another bad angle of duals Is the practice of first 
runs in playing the most ordinary and cheapest films 
in the lower spot Then, wheta the time comes 'for the 
subsequent nms to get the class pictures, the film rent- 
als for good product are low enough to team up the 
best films available and sell them at a bargain. Must 
be a lot of money In producing pictures if they can 
pay out under such a system! 



IjOgislatlon and lawsuits are a serious matter. I 
sometimes wonder if the Government really under- 
stands the processes by which the film business oper- 
ates. I sometimes feel that the idea prevails in the 
courts, that all protection and clearances are wrong 
and oppre^ive^ and that thi ideal system would be 
that pictures should be made available simultaneously 
to all theatres on a day-and-date basis. Well, you know 
bow long the business would last if operated on such 
principles. AAd yet some, court decisions lead one to 
believe that that is what the Government Is driving 
at In its suits, 

"Let me give an Instance of this viewpoint,' he con- 
tinued, 'in, the light of actual experience. Recently in 
one of the towns in which we operate a first run the- 
atre, the liidependent opposltioui charging 15c., made 
a violent protest that our protection of 90 days was 

- too long, and worked hardship on him. So I called on 
the exhibitor and asked him about his complaint ' He 
insisted he ^ouid get his films earlier. "Then I asked 
him how much rental he paid on a film he had shown 
.recently, and he said he had paid $22.50. I told him 
we had played 0ie same picture first run and had paid 
$3,000 flhii rental. After a thorough comparison of 
our separate problems, he agreed that 00 days was 
not too much protection.' 

FUBUG WnX FraS THE FIIH STABS 

Booking flhns of aU distributors, Wilby has concrete 
Ideas of showmanship- values In productions. Contin- 
uing, be said, 'A^ no time in the history of the busi- 
ness has there been more than 10 or 12 popular stars 
compeUng. Hiey change conStiantly and the popularity 
of some of them lasts longer than others. Therefore 
the struggle of producers to establish every film player 
ai star la silly and Impossible. Let the studios con- 
centrate' on -gted stories, suitable for American family 
entertalninent and the 'stor' situation wiU take care 
of itself. The public will discover them sooii enough. 

■When the "Hardy* pictures were.- flrst released, 
Mickey Rooney was not a big draw. Now one hears 
to all sides that It's Rooney who makes the 'Hardy 
pictures, but the truth Is just the reverse. It's the 
series that has made Rooney.' 

And radio? ..... 

fRadio is terriflc competition for films. For three 
years I have been contending against permitting film 
stars, story material and film musical compositions oh 
the radio and handing them free to the public; that is, 
literally Invited to stajr home and listen. Metro never 
permitted the! music of 'Naughty Marietta' to be sung 
on the air by Jeaniette MacDonald and Nelson Bddy, 
and I venture the statement tjiat the film has had more 
rebookings in theatres than any film released at the 
same time. 

The other evening I heard a radio performance of 
"Golden Boy.' . It .was done as well as the radio is 
capable of doing these things, but I should say that 
the free performance, instead of helping the film, has 
taken off a substantial portion of its picture value. 
Film business gradually is coming to realize these 
things; I hope it's not too late. 

There's room for Improvement in the exploitation 
and advertising of films to the public,' he said. 'Per- 
sonally, 1 have ideas on this subject that seem con- 
trary to the prevailing theories. That, I guess, is be- 

' cause I started in show business on the. legitimate end 
in a small town where the advance agent used to come 
in, lay out the advertising and the billing and handle 
his attraction without regard to the local angles. When 
I found the system kept me from running my own 
business. In the manner I thought most effective, I 
decided it was a bad business and got out of it not 
being content with the usual boxoffice divisions which 

. - left me about 20% of the gross. ' 

1 don't think we need these big national advertising 

' campaigns in the magazines, which take one shot at an 
attraction and then forget it Of course, I can imder- 
stand why the distributors do it in their effort to force 
sales, but for ^my part rd rather, see a system that 
passed the buck of advertising responsibility to the 
theatre man. - Then we would be running our busi- 
ness and not depending on the other fellow. Reminds 
me that one of our. boys- down south said recently 
that he always noticed the only films which get the 
heavy backing are the smash hits. I'U be convinced 
that these big. advertising campaigns are effective when 
. one of the distributors selects just a iaix picture and 
puts It over. That will be the test That's what ex- 
hibitors are doing constantly, and In order to stay ln< 

- business they have to do it successfully. 

'I call that show business.' 



XHIPS' BREAKS INTO 
LA/S CLASSROOMS 



IjOs Angeles, June 6. 

Marking the first time such co- 
operation has been extended to a 
motion picture, the Board of Educa- 
tion of Los Angeles recently issued 
a bulletin on M-G's 'Goodbye, Mr. 
Chips' which reached practically 
every public school student in the 
city. The bulletin was sent to all 
teachers of English, a compulsory 
subject and read in all classes over 
the eth grade in elementary school 
and to every high school class 
throughout the L. A. city district 

The bulletin consisted of the com- 
ment of James Hilton, author of the 
novel' from which the production 
was made, in which he calls the film 
'an author's dream fulfilled,' fol- 
lowed Alexander WooUcott's talk on 
the. picture as shown in the trailer. 

'Qhlps' is currently in its fourth 
week at the Four Star, In L Ai 



Gaynor Out, Rod Bush 
Heads 2Ws Combined 
Expkitation-Pnb Depts. 

Following move of 20th-Fox 
yesterday (Tues.) in combining the 
exploitation and publicity depart- 
ments, Leonard Gaynor, with the 
company about five years, resigned. 
He turned In his notice In the morn- 
ing, effective at noon (Tues.) and 
walked out with no exact reasohs 
said to have been given. Gaynor 
had been in charge of publicity con- 
tacting of the daily newspapers and 
syndicates, having come to 20th after 
several years with Paramount 

In merging the exploitation and 
publicity divisions, ' Charles K. Mc- 
Carthy, head of all advertlshig-pub- 
liclty, named 'Rodney Bush as chief 
of the two departments tmder Mm 



DAVE LEVY JOINS 
LEO ABRAMS UPPED 



Resigning from Metro after 13 
years with that company as New 
Jersey sales manager, Dave Levy 
goes into Universal June 19 as 
branch manager at N. Y., while Leo 
Abrams, whom he succeeds, moves 
into the U home office under a pro- 
motion made by Bill Scully. 

Abrams, 23 years with Universal, 
will become shorts product sales 
manager and double from that into 
general distribution duties under 
Scully, Including circuit sales con- 
tact He will have sales supervision 
over serials, of which U is making 
(our lor, 1939-40, as well as over the 
newsreel. U is selling 57 shorts lor 
the new season. 

Branch manager at N. Y. for 10 
years, Abrams was lormerly ex- 
change chlel in Kansas City, St Louis 
and New Haven, prior to that having 
been a film salesman. 



Public 
Goes for Fdm Qdz; 
Distribs_Nix Ni.W. 

Melbourne, May 17. 

Hoyts, after nmning a successful 
Movie Qtilz in. this territory, dropped 
the idea lor New South Wales. 

Understood that dlstribs were ad- 
vised Irom their N. Y. office not 
to come in on the' idea lor elsewhere 
bid. Hoyts didn't leel disposed to 
carry the Quiz solo, hence the nix 
lor other spots. 

In connectlpn with the Victorian 
try it's interesting to note that 
Hoyts received 185,000 entries from 
film fans covering city, nabes and 
stlx. £xecs consider this to be a 
really ' remarkable figure. First 
prize was won by .Col's , "You Can't 
Take It With You.' Prizes ranged 
from an autom.obile to a suite of 
furniture. The whole Quiz was 
worked on excellent ..lines by. execs 
and' Includefl' booklets,, .special 
twenty-foiir sheeters, trailers and 
splash newspaper ads. Was a costly 
layout but repaid by patronage from 
the fans. 

Stanilar layout was proposed lor 
N.-S. Wales, but according to Hpyta^ 
execs the M-PAA.. ga-^e a nix or- 
der as regards . certain financial 
backing. Execs said that had they 
gone ahead, with the Quiz In N. 9. 
Wales the dlstribs, whilst .not com* 
Ing in lor cost would have wUU 
Ingly taken the added percentaga 
gotten from the biz build. 

MIDSUMMER SLEDDING 
HEATS 'WOLFCAIl' BIZ 

. Seattle, June 8. 
Ifs hot In- Seattle thU week. But 
this doesn't stop a 'sourdbugh' Irom 
'selling* his huiskles and piilling his 
own sled, on wheels; about the town, 
while he's dressed in. parka, beaver 
coat and heavy p'uttMs, jUst like tha 
Alaskans In the cold, cold up north. 
. At least this Is the story told by 
the 'street parade' put on to attract 
attention to Jack London's 'WoU 
Call' (Mono) current at the Palomar 
(Sterling), A placard on the outfit 
says: 'I've sold my dogs to see 'Wolf 
CaU' at Palomar.' 

Jack Sampson of the adv. dept 
figured this stunt 



Ice Kibitzers Swelter 
Writing for Oakleys 



Lincoln, June 0. 
Crowd gathering stunt lor tha 
opening ol "Wohderlul World' (MG) 
was M. E. Lolgren's brainstorm here, 
when he had 25 tickets to the show, 
frozen in a lOO-pound cake of Ice, 
and the ice block deposited In the 
hot sun on the sidewalk In front ol 
the theatre. Admission was by whole 
ticket only, extracted as the ice 
melted. 

He's kicking hlinself because ha 
thought of it too late to do it with 
the natural— 'Ice Follies.' 



Heifetz, a La Marian 
Anderson, for Pic Preem 

Hollywood, June .6. 

Following Darryl Zanuck's lead In 
engaging Marian Anderson to war- 
ble at the "Young Mr. Lincoln' pre- 
view, Samuel Goldwyn will have 
Jascha Heifetz and the California 
Junior Symphony appear at the 
press showing of 'Music School.' 

Heifetz Is in picture. 

Texas Quiz for Schools 

Harrlsburg, June 6. 

Variety of exploitation stunts em- 
ploying Captain Jack Uoyd, vet 
Texas Ranger, were used by Jerry 
WoUaston, manager of the Rio, for 
'Renegade Trail,' Par western. 

Aside from newspaper stories on 
Lloyd, who roamed the streets for 
three days in costume, considerable 
interest was beaten up by bis 
stopping at downtown corners and 
in the vicinity -of schools to con- 
duct quizzes on Texas history. Passes 
were handed to those giving the cor- 
rect answers to Us questions. 



Wednesday:, June 7, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



'Juarez H. 0. $13,000 Pyiys Only 
CM; Biz in Summer Doldnmis 



Philadelphia, June 6. 

State ol biz in the midtown sector, 
as well as in the keys and aabes con- 
tinues its apparently irresistible 
downward course this sesb with ex- 
hlbs seemingly unable to find the 
combination to stop it. While one de- 
luxer shuttered for the summer on 
Sunday evening, only one other is 
ringing up any appreciable trade at 
the b.o. And inasmuch as that — 
'JUarez' at the Boyd — is In its second 
week, the aggregate is pretty glum. 
Will do $13,000 for th« turn. 

Summer veilings, policy shuffles 
and closings for installations of new 
equipment, have the downtown terri- 
tory pretty much in a turmoil cur- 
rently. Bow-outs were by the Al- 
dine, - first-runner, and Keith's, 
second-lapper. Former regularly 
takes a vacation during the hot spell, 
while this is the first time in several 
years that Keith's has quit 

Policy switches - take Keith's 
second-runs into the Stanton, which 
drops its first-run action pix, Earle 
will use up whatever film possible 
that formerly went into the Stanton, 
combining it with a flock of shorts 
. and newsreels to make up a three- 
' hour show. 

Closed today (iHxesday) and tomor 
row is the Stanley, flagship of the 
■•Warner circuit here. Forty-eight 
hours out will permit installation of 
new air-conditioning equipment and 
projectors. • 

Estimates for Hits 'Week 
Aldine (WB) (1,303; 32-42-57)— 
Closed for the summer oh Sunday 
' night Wound up on the 11th day of 
'Stolen Life' (Par) which got poor 
$12,000 for the period. Extra four 
days not actually a h. o. so much as 
an attempt to keep.the house.open to 
capitalize on any possible week-end 
trade. 

Boyd (WB) (2,350; 32-42-57)— 
•Juarez' (WB) (2d wk). Town's sole 
big moneymaker this stanza,- Good 
at $13,000 and may get the call for 
another stay or part of it Last 
week, very healthy $17,300. 
. Earle (WB) (2,758; 26-32-42)— 
"Missing Daughters' (Col). Missing 
b. 0. at $5,500. Last week, '(^riUa' 
(20th) likewise weak at the same 
figure. 'Undercover Doctor* (Par) in 
Friday, as house takes over some-of 
what would ordinarily be Stanton 
product 

Erlanrer (Beier-England) (1,850; 
25-50)— 'Wages of Sin' (Indie). Legit 
hotise opened Friday with this on a 

frind policy. Tee-off was pretty good, 
ut cnx slammed film badly and biz 
fell oft after the first day. Length 
of, run uncertain. 

Fox (WB) (2,423; 32-37-42-57-68)— 
•Wonderful World' (M-G) with Cass 
Daley, Chaney and Fox on stage. 
Wickets revolving slowly at $18,500, 
but because of low nut on show house 
may pull through. Last week. 'Bri- 
dal Suite' (M-G) with Arthur 
Treacher, Marion Talley and Frahkie 
. Masters band on the boards, much 
worse at $17,000, unprofitable. "Young 
Mr. Lincoln (20th) with Johnny 
(Scat) Davis in on Friday. 

Karlton <WB) (1,066; 32-42-57)— 
•Wuthering HeighU' (UA) (2d run) 
(2d wk). Originally skedded for 
only nine days here in view of the 
six weeks pic has already had in 
first run. But biz strong at $5,000 in 
the initial sesh and held-over, with 
$3,600 this lap not bad. 

Keith's (WB). (1,870; 32-42-57)— 
Darkened after Sunday night's show 
for the remainder of hot spell, first 
summer in several years that it has 
shuttered. 'Lucky Night' (M-G) (2d 
run) completed 10 days when the 
curtain rang down, and $5,200 for 
the stay was poor. 

Palace (WB) (1,100; 26-42)— 'Dark 
Victory' (WB) (3d run). Stepping 
out rather well at. $6,300, particularly 
' in view of the 25 days it has already 
played in town. Last week, 'Nazi 
Spy (WB) (3d run), okay $5,200, but 
not up to expectations. 
^Stanley (WB) (2,916; 32-42-57)— 
^ose' .(20th). Finished last night at 
the end of five days of 'a second 
week. The $7,500 for the canto n. s. 
h. Initial lap at $14,500 likewise in 
the mild category, House is closing 
today (Tuesday) and tomorrow for 
installation of projection machines 
and new air conditioning. Opens 
• Thursday with 'Only Angels Have 
Wmgs.' (Col). ' 

,„Stenton (WB) (1,457; 26-32-42)— 
Ex-Champ* (U). Holding only for 
SIX days with punk $3,800, Last 
week. 'Blind Alley,' (Col) likewise 
one day short and only $4,000 for the 
stay. This is final week of first-run 
for the house. It will take over 
closed Keith's continued-run policy. 

COIXUM'S TALENT SPOT 
Hollywood, June 6. 

Joe CoUum signed as talent direc- 
tor for the Cudia-Color studio after 
nve years as casting director for Hal 
■Roach. 7 

New outfit makes foreign pictures- 
in color and plans to add English- 
speaking features to its production 
sked. . 



Key Chy Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week $1,299,600 
(Based on 26 cities^ 172 thea- 
tres, chiefly first runs, tncT|uIin0 
N. 7.) 

ToUI Gross Same Week 

Last Tear $1,252,600 

(Based on 21 cities, 146 theatres^ 



'Angels Fine 14G, 
'(Iracie Case' N.G. 
InSununeryCincy 



Cincinnati, June 6. 

Sharp drop from last week has biz 
at summer levels. 

Ace 'tugger currently is 'Only 
Angels Have Wings,' registering a 
v.g. Alttee mark. 'Lady's From Ken- 
tucky' is fetching fairly good returns 
at Keith's. 'Some Like It Hof is a 
chiller for the Lyric. Palace is hav- 
ing one of its worst-ever weeks on 
'Grade Allen Murder Case,' despite 
padding with the Nova-Baer scrap 
clips. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albea (RKO) (3,300; 35-42)— 
•Angels Have Wings' (Col). Very 
good $14,000. Last week, 'Lucky' 
Night' (M-G) and Benny Goodman's 
band on spot booking at 35-42-60- 
cent scale, big $22,000. 

Capitol (RKO) (2,000; 35-42)— 
'Wonderful World' (M-G). Move- 
over from Palace for second week. 
Fair $4,000. Last week^ 'Hardys' 
(M-G), secpnd week of moveo'ver 
run, fairly good $4,000. ' 

FamUy (RKO) (1,000; 20-30)— 
'Fixer Dugan' (RKO) and 'Love or 
Money' (U), split with 'Flying Irish- 
man' (RKO) and 'Code of Streets' 
(U). Fair $1,900. Ditto last week 
for iMade Her Spy' (RKO) and 
'Manhattan Shakedown' (Ind), split 
with 'Streets Missing Men' (R^) 
and 'Lady and Mob' (Col). 

Grand (RKO) (1,200; 25-40)— 
'Hardys' (M-G) (3d run). Fourth 
week on main stem. Okay $2,700. 
Last week, 'Union Pacific' (Par), 
second run and third week, fine 
$3 200. 

Keith's (Libson) (1^500; 35-42)— 
liSdy's From Kentucky' (Par). 
Fairly good $4,200. Last week, 
'Gorilla' (20th), poor $3,000. 

Lyrlo (RKO) (1.400; 35-42)— 'Like 
It Hot* (Par). Cold $3,000. Last 
week, 'Rose' (20th) (2d run), nice 
$4 500. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600; 35-42)— 
•Gracie Allen Murder Case' (Par) 
and Nova-Baer fight pix. Close to 
an all-time house low at $4,000. Last 
week, 'Wonderful World' (M-G), 
eight days, no dice at $7,500. 

Shubert (RKO) (2.150; 35-42)— 
Went dark Friday (2) with second 
week of 'Mikado' (U). poor $2,500. 
Theatre reopens Sept 1 with vaud- 
aim. 



Briggs Body's 150,000 
Laid Off Doesn't Help 
Det; 'Jnarez' 0*K 13G 



Detroit June 6. 

Shuttering of the United Artists 
for hot months, plus first-time drop- 
ping of flesh by the Fox, leaves 
downtown film row only a shadow 
of its former self. Along -with a 
natural dip in total grosses for town, 
there's likewise just mediocre patron- 
age at individual spots currently. 

In other words, town's pretty well 
shot what with around 150,000 out 
of work for the past two weeks as 
result of the Briggs Body auto strike. 
Estimates tor This Week 

Adams (Balaban) (1.700; 30-40)— 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col) (2d run) 
plus 'Girl from Mexico' (RKO) dual. 
Grant-Arthur opus moved here after 
fair sesh at the Fox; looks lil<e $5,500. 
okay. Last week much better $7,500 
for 'Washington Square' (20th) (2d 
run) and 'Missing Daughters' (Col). 

Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5,000; 35-40- 
55)— 'Lincoln' (20th) plus 'Could 
Happen to You' (20th), dual. House 
drops flesh for first time to lower 
nut for summer at least On initial 
dual policy figures to get around 
$12,000, nothing to write home about 
but okay. Last week dropped off 
near end to fair $17,000 for 'Angels 
Wings' (Col) plus Erik Rhodes- 
Harmonica Rascals topping final 
stage show. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000; 



30-40-65)— 'Juarez' (WB) plus 'Jane 
Arden' (WB), dual. Headed for okay 
$13,000 in a very dull town. Last 
stanza slightly over $12,000 for 
'Wuthering. Heights' (UA) and 
'Grade Allen' (Par). 

Palms • State (United Detroit) 
(3,000; 30-40-50)— 'Can't Get Away 
Murder' (WB) and 'Wolf CaU' 
(Mono), dual, Iiooks like about 
$6,500, mild. Last week around $7,000, 
fair, for 'Oklahoma Kid' (WB) (2d 
run) and 'Hotel Imperial' (Par). 

INZHUBSPOTS 



Boston, June . 6. 

No big grossers here this week, 
biit 'East Side Heaven,' 'Angels Have 
Wings,' and 'Juarez' (2d wk) are 
turning in good tallies. 

Horse and dog racing, baseball and 
good weather are the chief alibis. 
Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3.200; 20-30-40)— 
■Panama Patrol' (Gt^) and 'Rack- 
eteers on Range' (RKO), plus fight 
pix, with.vaude, four dajrs; 'King of 
Underworld' (WB) and 'Almost Gent' 
(RKO) (both 2d run), with fight pix 
two days; and "Tliree Smart Girls' 
(U) and Torchy Chinatown' (WB), 
two days. Taking around $8,000, 
good.' Run of vaude shrinks from 
four days to three, beginning i^riday 
(9). Last week 'Romance of Red- 
woods' (Col) and 'Boys' Reforma- 
tory' (Mono), with vaude, four days; 
and 'Oklahoma Kid' (WB) and '12 
Hours' (RKO) (both 3d run), three 
days, $6,800, tepid. 

Fenway (M&P) (l,332r 25-35-40-55) 
—'Get Away Murder' (WB) and 
'Chasing Danger' (20th). Pale $5,500. 
Last week, 'Gorilla' (20th) and 'Back 
Door Heaven' (Par), $6,000. 

Keith Memorial (RKO) (2,907; 25 
35-40-55)-r'£ast Side Heaven' (U) 
and 'Moto Danger Island' (20th). 
Satisfactory $15,000 indicated. Last 
week, 'Rose' (20th) (2d Wk) and 
'Fisherman's Wharf (RKO) (1st 
wk), $13,700. 

Metropolitan (M&P) (4,367: 25-35- 
40-55)— 'Juarez' (WB) and 'Women 
in Wind' (WB) (2d wk). Medium 
$14,000 pace. Last week, very good 
$19,80f) for same bill. 

Orphenm (Loew) (2,900; 25-35-40' 
55)— 'Angels Have Wings' (Col) and 
'Society Lawyer' (M-G). Fair $13,500 
gait Last week, 'Hardys' (M-(i) and 
'Blind AUey' (Col), big $17,000. 

Faramonnt (M&P) (1,797: 25-35- 
40-55)— 'Get Away Murder' (WB) 
and 'Chasing Danger' (20th). N.s.h. 
$7,000.. Last week, .'Gorilla' (20th) 
and 'Back Door Heaven' (Par), okay 
$8,500. 

ScolUy (M&P) (2,538; 25-35-40-50) 
-'Wuthering Heights' (UA) and 
'Gracie Allen Murder' (Par) both 2d 
run). Adequate $5,000 in store. Last 
week, 'Union Pacic' (Par) (3d run) 
and 'Each Other' (UA) (2d run), 
$5,000. 

State (Loew) (3.600; 25-35-40-55) 
—'Angels Have Wings' (Col) and 
'Society Lawyer' (M-G). Fair $10,000. 
Last week, 'Hardys' (M-G) and 
'Blind Alley' (Col), dandy $13,500. 



'Spy' Hot $8,000, Rest 
OK in Perky Montreal 



They're Passing die Aspirm in LA; 
'Grade Whodmnt Soft mOby 
$17,500 for 'Conquest' lucky' $17,900 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 

This Week $231,700 

(Based on 12 theatres; 
Total Gross Same Vreeic 

Last Tear $266,700 

(Based on 10 theatres; 



Montreal, June 6. 

Brace of good grosses are in sight 
for current week with Xioew's ahead 
of the field on 'Nazi Spy' and a good 
chance for $8,000 and Palace with 
'Rose' pacing for a nice $7,000. 
Capitol will just about get by on 
'Lucky Night with balance so-so. 
Ben Bernie at Forum Thursday night 
(1) nose-dived to an almost empty 
house and a take of a little over 
$1,000 scaled at 50-$1.50. 

Estimates tor This Week 

Patace (CT) " (2,700; 25-45-55)— 
'Rose' (20th). Pointing toward nice 
$7,000. Last week, 'Alexander Bell' 
(20th) $5,000. 

Capitol (.CT) (2,700; 25-43-55)— 
'Lucky Night' (M-G) and 'Woman in 
Wind' (WB). Not likely to exceed 
$5,500, but good enough. Last week. 
•Hardys' (M-G) and 'Within Law' 
(M-G), very good $7,000. 

Loew'a (CT) (2,800; 30-40-60)— 
'Nazi Spy' (WB). Looks like tops 
and should gross $8,000, excellent. 
Last week, 'Union Pacific' (Par) (2d 
week), good enough $4,500. 

Princess (CT) (2,300; 25-34-50)— 
'Dr. Kildare' (M-G) and 'Lady and 
Mob' (Col). Not getting much at 
$2,500. Last week, 'Conquest' (Rep) 
and 'Going Places' (WB), good 
$3,500. 

Orphenm (Ind) (1,100; 25-40-50)— 
'Captain Fury' (UA) and 'Strange 
Boarders' (Brit) (2d week). Sight- 
ing $2,500, good. Last week, $3,500, 
very nice. 

Cinema de Paris (France-Film) 
(600; 25-50)— 'La MarseUlaise.' In 
line for fair $1,500. Last week, 
'Joueur d'Echecs' holdover fell to 
$1,100. 

St Denis (France-Film) (2,300; 20- 
34)— 'Altitude 3000' and 'Une Java.' 
A little on but- still good $4,500. Last 
week, 'Paix sur le Rhin' and 'Gang- 
sters de I'Exposition,' good $5,000. 



IGidare W 
K. C; Film Lack 
Shutters 2 Spots 



Kansas City, June 6. 

Theatre row shrinks to four first 
runs as two houses go dark. Orpheum 
under RKO banner was reopened 
last September and has operated on 
a policy of straight films, doubling 
or soloing, as product was available. 
House has been supplied' with RKO 
and First National releases and ' an 
occasional Mono or indie. Product 
shortage chief, reason here, ' 

Tower darkened after nearly five 
years of continuous operation, all 
but past three months on vaudflim 
combo. Shortage of suitable films as 
well as scarcity of marquee, names 
for stage bills the answer here. 
Strong possibility house will reopen 
in the fall, as will the Orpheum. 

Currently Midland is leading re- 
maining first runs with 'Dr. Kildare.' 
Substantial returns in all spots, but 
none outstanding. 

'Juarez' at Newman receiving a 
class reception and possible holdover, 
though not a large magnet 'Young 
Mr. Lincoln' day and date in Esquire 
and Uptown showing no fancy 
figures, but steady and also a pos- 
sibility for second week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Esqnire and Uptown (Fox Mid- 
west) (820 and 1,200; 10-25-40)— 'Mr. 
Lincoln' (20th) singled in both 
houses. Opening average, but main- 
taining a steady pace indicating a 
second week. Combined total of 
$6,500 betters average. Last week, 
•Gorilla' (20th), fair $6,000. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,573; 10-25-40) 
—'Dr. Kildare' (M-G) and 'Streets 
New York' (Mono). Only double bill 
in town, and initial appearance of 
Monogram release in this house. Biz 
bettering former Kildare release and 
nice at $10,500. Last week, 'Angels 
Have Wings' (Col) and 'Outside 
Walls' (Col) in the better class at 
$12,500. 

Newman (Paramount) (1,900; 10- 
25-40)— 'Juarez' (WB). Opened light 
but stepped into a steady pace with 
patronage from the more choosey 
fans. Around $6,000, and may run 
second week. Last week, 'Oklahoma 
Kid' (WB), average $5,500. 

Orphenm (RKO) (1,500; 10-25-40) 
— Darkened as of last Friday (2) 
Last bill was re-Issues 'Of Human 
Bondage' (WB) and 'Lost Squadron' 
(RKO) light at $4,000, but probably 
okay as rentals were low. 

Tower (Fox Midwest) (2,050; 10- 
25-Q5-55)— Closed as last Friday (2). 
Ted Lewis and band on stage with 
'Jones Family' (20th) as combo 
closed with $13,000, big money. 

11 IN QUEBEC CLOSE, 
PROTESTING 2^% TAX 

Queliec City, June 6. 

The Ancient Capitol's 11 theatres 
were blacked out Saturday (3) in- 
definitely on refusal of Mayor Lucien 
Borne to reconsider or modify the 
city's recent increase of amusement 
tax by 10% to a total ol 20%, not 
allowing for brealcs. 

Most theatres inserted a line in 
their regular newspaper advertise- 
ments 'closed tomorrow until fur- 
ther notice,' 'last day' or 'from to- 
morrow this theatre will .be closed 
because it cannot continue to operate 
under the new municipal tax.' One 
theatre ran large special ads saying 
it was 'impossible' to operate under 
taxation which 'totals 40% of re-' 
ceipts.' Another claimed It had been 
a popular house and well supported 
but had never paid dividends be- 
cause it paid 25 different taxes. 

Six of the houses run French lan- 
guage films, the balance American 
and British. About 175 employees 
will be out of work for an inde- 
terminate period. Loss to the cily 
in amusement tax will be $2,600 
weekly. 



Los Angeles, June 6. 

Very little to crow over on current 
week despite excellent start most of 
houses had on Memorial Day. Best 
showing, proportionately. Is that of 
'Mr. Chips' at Four Star, where 
fourth week Is running strong. . 

Newcomers are faring poorly, in- 
cluding 'Lucky Night' at State-Wil- 
shire, 'Grade Allen Murder Case* 
at Paramount and 'Man of Conquest* 
at Warner day-daters. Holdover of 
'Washington Square' at United 
Artists and Carthay Circle helped 
materially by addition of 'Wonderful 
World' as top feature for second 
stanza. 

Estlnu.-.es for This Week 
Cartoay Circle (Fox) (1.518; 30-40- 
552"ZT">"^*'"^"1 World' (1st week) 
(M-G) and 'Washington Square' 
(20th) dual (2d week). Holdover of 
'Square' and bolstering with 'World' 
spelling around $3,300. Last week. 

antl 'Danger Island' 
(20th). $2,200, okay. 

Downtown (WB) (1.800; 30-40-55- 
65)--'Man Conquest' (Rep) and 'On 
Trial' (WB) dual. Initial' first run 
for Rep at Warner day-daters head- 
lIPx'*' .^alr $9,000. Last week, 'Dark 
Victory' (WB) (2d week), okay 

PonV Star (F-WC-UA) (900; 40-55) 
'Mr. Chips' (M-G) (4th week). Con- 
tmu : setting terrific pace and should 

farner another $5,800 after socko 
7,000 last week, aided by holiday. 
Hollywood (WB) (2,756; 30-40-55- 

S5.^"T;*5&l,P<">''"''st' <I*«P) and 'On 
TilaV (WB) duaL Looks headed lor 
okay $8,500. Last week, 'Dark Vic- 
tory' (WB) (2d week), good $7,100. 

J^'^-) <2.280: 25-30- 
35-40)— 'Racketeers of Range' (RKO) 
and 'Third of NaUon' (Par) dual 
and vaudeville. Another of those 
weeks where first run product isn't 
spelling results, despite a better- 
than-average stage show; looks 
around $7,000. not very profitable. 

Pantages (Pan) (2.812; 30-40-55)— 
Angels Have Wings' (Col) (2d week) 
and: 'Sorority House' (RKO) dual. 
Holdover finishing strong to . $8,400 
iJter first week surprised with neat 
7 10,500. 

Paramonnt (Par) (3395; 30-40-55) 
—'Gracie lien Murder Case' (Par) 
and stage show. Ice revue on stage 
getting credit for large share of 
take, which on nine-day run wUl be 
lucky to hit $13,500. Last week (five 
days) 'Some Like It Hot' (Par) .and 
ice revue, very bad $9,000. 

BKO (2,872; 30-40-55) — 'Angels 
Wings' (Col) (2d week) and 'I&de 
Her Spy' (RKO) dual. Will add 
a big $7,800! to $10,000 garnetcd on 
first week. 

„Stote (Loew-Fox) (2,414; 30-40-53- 
75)— 'Lucky Night' (M-G) and Tell 
No Tales' (M-G) dual. Very weak 
yo,7()p. Last. week (six days) 'Won- 
derful World' (M-G) and 'Within 
Law' (M-G), brutal $7,000. 

(F-WC) (2,100; 30- 
40-55)— 'Wonderful World' (M-G) 
(1st week) and 'Square' (20th) (2d 
week) duaL Biz somewhat hypoed 
by new top feature with holdover, 
so $4,000 okay. Last v.*eek, 'Square* 
(2pth> and iJanger Island' (20th). 
fair $2,700 on six days. 

Wllshire (F-WC) (2.296; 40-55-85) 
—'Lucky Night' (M-G) and Tell No 
Tales' (M-G) dual. Establishing no 
record, but $7,200 as much as could 
be expected. Last week, six days, 
'Wonderful World' (M-G) and 
'Within Law* (M-G), poor $5,700. 

'Fury' $9,000, 'Juarez* 
OK $7,500, Providence 

Providence, June 6. 
Biz far off usual pace and givlnff 
main stemmers plenty of headaches. 
«'\SrK,."* Majestic paced at nice 
$7,500 though figure would be just 
chicken feed for the feature in a 
better season. 'Captain Fury* at 
Loew's State also below average with 
prospective $9,000. 

Estimates for This Week 

<Fay-Loew) (1,400; 25-35- 
50)— 'Only Angels' (Col) and 'Boy 
Slaves' (RKO) (2d run). Meager 
$2,800. Last week, 'Wonderful World* 
(M-G) and 'No Tales' (M-G), slow 
,$2,500. 

Fay's (Indie) (2,000; 25-35-40)— 
'Gorilla' (20th) and vaude. Paced at 
so-so $5,000. Last week, 'Boy Friend" 
(20th) and vaude, fair $6,000. 

MaJesUc (Fay) (2,200; 25-35-50)— 
'Juarez' (WB) and 'North Sea". (Ind). 
Helping house to better than aver- 
age $7,500. Last week, 'Nazi Spy* 
(WB) and 'Long Shot' (GN) started 
swell, but dropped like a hot potato 
to $4,000, poor. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 25-35-50)— 
Captain Fury* (UA) and 'Lady Mob* 
(Col). Trudging along to fair $9,000. 
Last week, 'Only Angels' (Col) and 
'Boy Slaves' (RKO) garnered nice 
$11,000. 

Strand (Indie) (2,200; 25-35-50)— 
'Hotel Imperial' (Par) and 'Blind 
Alley' (Col). Looks like another 
slow one with $5,000, fair. Last week, 
'Man Conquest' (Rep) and 'Miss- 
ing Daughters' (Col) disappointing 
$6,000. 



10 VARIETr 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, Jane 7, 1939 



'Angek' Wii^ to Fine $S,500 Mpk, 
Hardys H. 0. $4m lucky' 41/2G 



Minneapolis, June 6. 

•Only Angels Have Wings' Is the 
•ole loop newcomer stirring up any 
substantial boxoAice activity. Open' 
Ing cold Decoration Day. alter 'Con' 
lessions ot a Nazi Spy', was yanked, 
the film nevertheless got oS to a fast 
start It is still traveling on high 
and alter 10 days at the Orpheum 
may move over to the Century lot tin 
extension' o{ its first-run. 

Last week, the one star boxoffice 
performer was 'Hardy s Ride High' 
which did se well at the State that it 
has moved over to the Century for a 
second downtown week. 

Blame for the present sickly 
'grosses is placed on the shoulders 
of a general trade depression. All 
lines of industry are suffering. 
Estimates tor This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (900; 15-25)— 
'Get Away Murder' (WB) and 
Manama Lady' (BKO) (first-runs), 
split with 'Romance of Redwoods 
(Col) and 'Code Secret Service' 
(WB) (first-runs). Mild $1,300 in 
prospect Last week, 'Blind Alley' 
(Col) and 'Kid Texas' (M-G) (first- 
runs), split with 'Racketeers Range' 
<RKO) and 'Fixer Dugan' (RKO) 
(first-runs) $1,100, mild. 

Century (Far-Singer) (1,600; 25- 
35-40)— 'Hardys' (M-G) (2d week). 
Here after swell seven days at State. 
Still moderately healthy and should 
wind up with fairly good $4,200. Last 
week, 'Union Pacific' (Far) (2d 
week), $4,000, fair. 

Gopher (098: 25) — 'No Tales' 
(M-G). WeU liked, but lack of cast 
names and hard times holding down 
gross. Will be lucky to reach mUd 
$2,000. Last week, 'Cisco Kid' (20th). 
light $2,200. 

Granada (Par) (900; 25-35) — 
■Alexander Bell' (20th) spUt with 
■CasUes' (RKO). First neighborhood 
showing and looking for fair $2,000. 
Last week, 'Broadway Serenade' 
(M-G) split with 'Stagecoach' (UA), 
$1300, light 

Orphenm (Far-Singer) (2,300; 25- 
35-40)— 'Angels Have Wings' (Col). 
Opened two days ahead of schedule, 
but had fine exploitation campaign 
and got off to fast start Plenty of 
critics and customers' praise to 
sustain takings. Should finish to 
good $8,500 in 10 days. Last week, 
^azi Spy* (WB), $3,200 in five days, 
light 

State (Par-Singer) (2,300; 25-35- 
40)— 'Lucky Night' (M-G). Consider- 
ably under expectations at $4,500, 
light . Last week 'Hardys' (M-G), 
big $8,400. 

flme (Gillman (290; 25-35)— 'Pyg- 
malion' (M-G) (2d loop nm) (2d 
week). This is ninth week do'wn- 
town, and takings are starting to slip. 
Will bow out at conclusion of second 
canto. Looks like mild $600. First 
week, $900, pretty good. 

World (SteSes) (250; 26-35-40-55) 
— 'Ufe ot Nina Petrovna' (Foreign). 
Yanked after tour days to $600. 'WoU 
Call' (Mono) opehed Monday (5) 
poor $600 indicated. Last week, 
%risoa Without Bars' (UA), $800, 
bad. 



and 'Chan In Reno' (20t)i). Certalnljr 
not In the smash class, and will be 
satisfied with below average $3,500. 
Last week, 'Rose' (20th) and 'Love or 
Money* (U), hypoed bjr lots of news- 

Saper comment from readers and the 
ke, with purported threat of a boy- 
cott by locals who resented the 
heavy commercialization ot the 
Kentucky Derby via radio. Tempest 
in teapot probably helped at the b.o. 
Windup very good $7,000, 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1,400; 
15-30-40) — 'Grsrcie AUen Murder 
Case' (Par) and 'Uiunarried' (Par). 
Mats look okay, nights on the light 
side. But should have no trouble 
rounding up medium $2,900. Last 
week, 'Jones Family' (20th) and 
'Sorority House' (RKO), pretty good 
$3,200. 

m $11,000 

IN CLEVELAND 



Rainy 



Looisrille Gives 
mre' Smart $7,000, 
ajncoln' Shaky 3iG 



Cleveland, June 6. 
Practically every house is be- 
calmed by the sultry weather, and 
even 'Nazi Spy' is .not blowing up 
the' breeze It should, although still 
a head over others. Palace dropped 
vaude to go into lower-budgeted 
grind 'With this one which fell off 
a bit after a sock opening. 'It's Won- 
derful World' at next-door State 
only a noteh below It while 'Juarez' 
on a h.0. Is holding up fairly well tor 
Hipp. 

Estimates tor TUs Week 
Alhambra (Printz) (1,120; lQ-20- 
35)— 'First Offender' (RKO) and 
Trouble Sundown' (Col). Mild $900 
tor three days. Last week 'Streete 
New York* (Mono) plus liove or 
Money' (U) was trifle hefUer, $1,400, 
In four days. 

AUea (RKO) (3,000; 30-35-42-55) 
—'Ex-Champ' (U). Just filler tor 
an indifferent stanza, $2,500. Ijast 
week 'Rose* (20th) on pushover from 
Hipp after poor first week didn*t do 
much better, $3,000. 

Hipp (Warner) (3,700; 30-36-42- 
55)— 'Juarez* (WB) (2d wk.). Hold- 
over caused last-minute cancella- 
tion ot 'Only Angels Have Wings.' 
but worth it getting top cricks* rat- 
ing as well as $7,000. I^ast week ex- 
cellent $14,000. 

PaUoe (RKO) (3,200; 30-35-42-55) 
-'Nazi Spy* (WB). Satisfactory 
$11,000, considering that dropping 
ot vaude slashed expenses, although 
heat melted expected biz. A sure 
moveover tor Allen. Last week 
•Conquest' (Rep) with Gene Krupa's 
orchestra on stage, well liked, but 
trade was about 25% off. as It was 
every place, around $12,500. 

State (Loew's) (3,450; 30-35-42-55) 
—'Wonderful World' (M-G). Only 
okay at $10,000 in spite of heavily 
pushed marquee neimes although it 
may build. Last week 'Lucky Night' 
(M-G) just short of $10,000. 

SUIIman (Loew's) (1,972; 30-35- 
42-55)— "Like It Hot' (Par). Slam- 
ming reviews and mild $2,500. Last 
week 'Haidys' (Metro) was a pippin, 
$5,000. 



LoUisvUIe, June 6. 

General rains over the weekend 
are helping grosses, by turning 
patrons to the indoors for their 
amusement Softball and American 
Association night gaimes taking it on 
the chin by the weather trend. 

'Dr. Kildare' dualled at Loew's 
State coming in tor top attention, 
H.o's at the Mary Anderson and 
Brown making tUt showing, but 
altogether the biz indications cur- 
rently are on the medium side. 
Estlmatea for This 'Week 

Brown (Loew's-Fourth Avenue) 
(1,500; 15-30^0)— -Rose' (20th) and 
■Love Money' (U), moved over from 
Rialto. Mild opening presages onl.y 
passable $1,500. Last week, 'East 
. Side Heaven' (U) and 'White Room' 
(U), medium' $1,700. 

Kentncky (Switow) (900; 15-25)— 
^odge City' (WB) and 'Blondie 
Meeta Boss' (Col). Should chalk up 
pretty good $1,800. Last week, 'Little 
Ftincess' (20th) and 'Love Affair' 
(RKO), fair $1,700. 
. Loew's State (Loew's) (3,100; 15^ 
30-40)— 'Dr. Kildare' (M-G) and 
'Streete New York' (Mono). Opened 
with lines at the wicket and on an 
eight-day run. should clip off fine 
S7,000 to lead the parade. Last week. 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col) and 
•Within Law' (M-G), made poor 
showing and jerked after six days to 
bring in 'Kildare.' Windup around 
$4,500, low. 

iuary Anderson (Llbson) (1,000; 
15-30-40)— 'Juarez' (WB) (2d wk). 
Helped somewhat by rainy, - some- 
what cooler weather. Beer-Nova 
flgbt pic helping, too. Fair $3,600 
after fine $6,000 opening week. 

Blalto (Fourth Avenue) (3,000; IS- 
30-40)— 'Young Mr. Lincoln' (20th) 



IHIKADO' TRA-U IN 
SO^ BALTO, ^,500 



Baltimore, June 6. 

Continued sluggish' doings here, 
brace of h.o.'s, not helping to create 
additional momentum. Fairish reac- 
tion to 'Dr. Kildare,' at hoew'a Cen- 
tuiy, and some interest in The Mi- 
kado' at Keith's. Young Mr. Lin- 
coln,' in spite ot one ot the most am- 
bitipus publicity buildups attempted 
here in moons, rather disappointing 
at the New. 

Estimates for Hils Week 

Century (Loew's-UA) (3.000; 15- 
25-40)— 'Kildare' (M-G). Maintain- 
ing fairly pleasant pace to nice $9,- 
000. Last week 'Capt Fury' (UA) 
unexciting at $6,800. 

Hippodrome (Rapoaport) (2.205; 
15-25-55-40-55-66) — 'Angels Have 
Wings' (Col) (2d wk' and vaude. 
Getting some mild action at $9,500. 
after leading town opening session 
to $12,600. Fairly satisfactory trade, 
but considerably under take ex- 
pected. 

Keith's (Schanberger) (2,406; 15-' 
25-35-40)— 'Mikado* (U). Pleasing at 
$6,500. Last week 'Ladles from Ken- 
tucky* (Par). blah at $3.70r. 

New (Mechanic) (1,581: 15-25-35- 
55)— "Lincoln* (20th). Not taking 
hold In manner expected after am- 
bitious buildup and terrific support 
from Hearst papers; Indicates pos- 
sible $4,500. Last week 'Gorilla* 
(20th) didn't get anywhere at all 
at $2,700. 

Stanley (WB) (3.260: 15-25-35-40- 
55)— -Nazi Spy* (WB) (2d wk). 
Holding pleasant It unexciting pace 
to $7,000, after first round at $10,200. 



'Spy' $5,000, Best 

In liyely Denver 

Denver, June 6.. 

•Confessions' of a Nazi Spy' doing 
th6 best comparative biz, and earn- 
ing itself a holdover after gleaning 
a hefty $5,000 at the Paramount 

Rest of the town is in pretty good 
shape, with not a single bouse hold- 
ing a really bad one. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 25-40)— 
'Mutiny, on Bounty' (M-G) (re-issue). 
Pulling a fair $3,000, Last 'week 
'Wuthering' (UA) fair $2,500, after 
a week at the Denver, 

Denham (Cockrill) (1,750: 25-35- 
40)— 'Lady's from Kentucky' (Par). 
Floating on a fair $6,000. Last week 
'Union Pacific* (Par) did a fine $Q,- 
000, considering It was the fifth week 
for the fihn at this spot, breaking all 
records for total money as well as 
length of time for any film to stay 
here. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525; 25-35-40)— 
'Rose' (20th). Good at $9,500. Last 
week 'Alexander Bell' (20th) aided 
strongly by a Major Bowes' unit did 
a big $12,000. 

Orphenm (RKO) (2.600; 25-35-40) 
—'Mikado' (U) and "TeU No Tales' 
(M-G). Also nothing to complain 
about with $9,000, good. Last week 
'Bridal Suite' (M-G) and "Kid Texas' 
^-G) were fair tor six days , at $6,- 

Paramonnt (Fox) (2.200; 25-40)— 
•Nazi S py' (WB) and "Torchy 
Mayor* (WB). Big $5,000 and a h.o. 
Last week •Prison Without Bars' 
(UA) and •Jones Family* (20th), $4,- 
500, good. 

Bialto (Fox) (878; 25-40)— •Alex- 
ander Bell' (20th), after a week at 
the Denver, and liOve or Money* 
(U). Neat $2,000. Last week •Lost 
Horizon' (Col), after a week at the 
Aladdin and •RI^ Business' (U), 
$1,750, average. 

'JUARETM 
PACES PPI^. 



Indianapolis, June 6. 

'Juarezf at the Circle Is the only 
first run managing to lure enough of 
the natives Indoors to amass a re- 
spectable gross as the mild and sum- 
mery weather continues to be tough, 
opposition. 

Business Is at a c<»nparatively low 
ebb at the vaudfilm Lyric on 'Boy 
Friend' and a stage show headlining 
Rufe Davis, while the twin bill of 
•Let Freedom Ring* and •Bridal 
Suite' at Loew's also is bogged down. 
Attempt to bring back •Union Pacific' 
tor a third week at the Apollo is 
likewise very s]gw. 

Estimates for This Week 
Apollo (Katz-DoUe) (1.100; 25-30- 
40)— 'Union Pacific* (Par). Brought 
back for a third week after a couple 
of stanzas had elapsed since its 
initial two-week run at the Circle, 
but results are in the red at $2,000. 
Last week, moveover sesh of 'Rose* 
(20th) and 'Sorority House* (RKO) 
was good at $3,800. 

Circle (Katz-bolle) (2,600; 25-30- 
40)— 'Juarez* (WB). Showing okay 
strength at $8,500 to top the town. 
Last week, "Nazi Spy* (WB) and 
'Jones Family* (20th) failed to live 
up to its big opening day promise, 
and weakened to finish at $6,500. 
still fairly good, 

Loew's (Loew's) (2.400; 25-30-40) 
—'Freedom Rln^ (M-G) and 'Bridal 
Suite' (M-G). Panned savagely by 
crix for the dailies, and very mild at 
S5,500. Last week, 'Angels Have 
Wings' (Col) and 'Within Law" 
(M-G) $7,000, aU right 

Lyrio (Olson) (1,000; 25-30-40)— 
'Boy Friend' (20th) and vaude. Rufe 
Davis headlined on stage bill over 
the pic but take is n,g. at $7,000, on 
the wrong side of the ledger. Last 
w6ek, 'Exile Express* (GN) and 
Clyde McCoy band on stage spurted 
after a slow start and finished in 
clover at $9,700, good. 



mVEN' SOCK $8,700, 
TURr $7,000, SEATTLE 

^ SeatUe, June 6. 

Cooler weather is having a bene- 
ficial effect on the grosses, which on 
the whole stack up as healthy.. - 

'East Side of Heaven' coupled with 
'Ambush' is ringing up an Immense 
$8,700. while 'Captain Fury* teamed 
with 'Jones Family* Is acquitting it- 
self beautifuUy at $7,000. 

Among the hold-oVers, 'Only An- 
gels Have Wings* is getting wonder- 
ful $6,000 out ot ita fourth week and 
goes into a fifth, while 'Mikado' is 
making ita second sesh pay $4,200, 
and will try a third round. 

Estimates for This Week 

Bine Mouse (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(850; 32-37-42)— -Lucky Night' (M-G) 
and 'Secret Service Air' (WB) (3d 
wk). So-so $1,500. Last week, same 
films, $2,600, good. 

Collsenm (Hamrlck - Ever^een) 
(1,800; 21-27-32)— 'Midnight* (Par) 
and 'Fast Loose' (M-G) (2d run), 



Invitation Pireem $13,000 in Frisco, 
F^t Ups 'Champ 13G,mado'7G 



good going at $3,600 tor eight days. 
Last week, 'Little Princess* (20Ui) 
and 'Ice Follies' (M-G) (2d run) nice 
$2,600 for six days. 

Fifth Avenue (Hamrlck > Ever- 
green) (2,340: 32-37-42) — 'Jaurez' 
(WB) (2d wk). Tapering off to $3,- 
200, slow. Ijast week, same film, $7,- 
600, big. 

Liberty (J-vH) (1,650; 21-32-42)— 
•Angels Have Wings' (Col) (4th wk). 
Still soaring in the neighborhood ot 
$6,000, big, and holding. Last week, 
same film, $7,200, great 

Moslo Box (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(850; 32-37-42)— 'Mikado' ((J) (2d 
wk). Another strong session at $4,'- 
200, and holding. Last week, same 
film, $5,300, great 

Orphenm (Hamrlck • Evergreen) 
(2,600; 32-37-42) — 'Captain Fury' 
(UA) and 'Jones Family' (20th). 
Holding 10 days to bring back Friday 
change date, and roaring to a great 
$7,000. Last week, '(lOrllla* (20th) 
and 'Drummond Police' (Par), $3,- 
80O, poor. 

Palomar (Steriing) (1,350; 16-27- 
37-42) — 'Comet Over Broadway' 
(WB) and 'Street Missing Men' 
(Rep) plus stage show with Sterling 
Young orchestra and^ umt — shl)w 
headlining: (3ood $4,500. I.ast week, 
'Wolf C:aU' (Mono) ^d 'On Trial' 
(WB) plus vaude, $4,200, good. 

Paramount (Hamricft • Evergreen) 
(3,039; 32-37-42)— 'East Side Heaven' 
(U) and 'Ambush' (Par). Holding 
nine days to bring back Thursday 
change date, and doing an immense 
$8,700. Last week, 'Nazi Spy* (WB) 
and 'Family Next Door' (U) (2d wk), 
fair $3,000, for five days. 

Boosevelt (Sterling) (800; 21-32)— 
'3 Smart Girls' (U) and 'Pacific 
Liner' (RKO) (2d run). Good $2,- 
300. Last week. I^ove Affair' (RKO) 
and 'Great Man Votes' (RKO) (2d 
nm) $2,100, good. 

Uptown (Sterling) (600; 27-42)— 
'Song Freedom' (Ind) with Paul 
Robson in lighta. Good $700. Last 
week, 'Smiling Along* (20th) (2d 
wk), $400, fair. 

'Angek' Big 20G, 
mado'SUOOOIn 
D.C.; Rest Anemic 



Washington. June 6. 

Two big ones aren't pulling the 
overall take up very much this week 
since it seems to be a case ot taking 
it out ot one pocket to put In an- 
other. 'Only Angels Have Wings' at 
Earle and 'The Mikado' are mopping 
up iKautltuUy with Itose ot Wash- 
ington Square,' although second in 
actual gross, not in the running as 
compared to averages of the houses 
involved. 

Big question mark Is what visit of 
the King and Queen will mean at the 
b.o. Royal pair arrive Thursday (8) 
and stick through Saturday (10) with 
town packed to the gills with rub- 
bernecks. Whether extra trade at 
night will merely balance empty 
mate is the worry, and anything may 
happen on final two days of this 
week and first of next 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3.434: 25-35-40-66) 
—'Cisco Kid' (20th) and vaude. No 
names on stage ■ and -opposition is 
beating this one to a pudp. Looks 
like fioppo $13,000. Last week, 'Dr. 
Kildare^ (M-G) fair $15,500. 

ColambU (Loew) (1,234; 25-40)— 
'(K>rilla' (20th). House trying a first 
run this week and may get by with 
okay $4,000. Last week, 'Alexander 
Bell' (20th) (2d run) picked up to 
fair $3,600. 

Earle (WB) (2.216; 25-35-40-66)— 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col) and 
vaude. Revue entiUed 'Ctommand 
Perforntance' helping to get advance 
guard ot tourlsta here for royalty, 
and pic should crash through with 
big $20,000. Last week, 'Nazi Spy' 
(WB) buUt to okay $15,500. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,830; 25-55)— 
'Mikado' (U). Sock class bally and 
reviews, and also helped by British 
fiavor pervading town just now. 
Heading Into big $13,000. Last week. 
'East Side Heaven' (U) (2d wk) held 
amazingly, with full credit to Baby 
Sandy, to surprising $is.300. 

Met (WB) (1600; 25-40) — 'Man 
Conquest* (Rep) (2d run). Back 
downtown after average week at 
Earie and looks like passable $4,000. 
Last week, 'Union Pacific' (Par) (2d 
run) good $5,500. 

-Palace (Loew) (2.242; 35-55)— 
'Rose' (20th). Nice $14,500. Last 
week, "Hardys* (M-G) (2d wk) held 
on to passable $7,600. 



. San Francisco, June 6. 
Natives seem to be doing every, 
thing but going to the theatres. Thia 
in spite ot the fact that some of the 
houses have had unusually good 

&roduct which has been widely 
allyhooed in an effort to make the 
public picture conscious. Warm 
weather hurt the theatres consider, 
ably last week. However, the Golden 
Gate Expo enjoyed one ot ita best 
weeks from the standpoint of at- 
tendance. Baseball games both night 
and day_and the colorful ice carni- 
val In Winterland are getting a big 
play. 

Best ot three newcomers on the 
street is •Invitation to Happiness,' 
which had ita world preem at the 
Paramount Although well liked by 
those who see it, •Mikado' is a pale 
entry at the United Artista. 

Estimates for "Ills Week 

Fox (F-WC) (5.000; 35-55-75)— 
•Juarez' (WB) (2d wk). Business 
hopeless here. Looks for $10,000, 
which is no dice for a biggie. Last 
week managed to get $20,000. 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 35-55) 
—'Ex Champ' (U) and vaude. 'Victor 
McLaglen opus couldn't - get any- 
where at the b.o. by Itaelf until the 
Baer-Nova fight film arrived Satur- 
day, when biz took a sudden spurt 
On the seven days will do $13,000. 
Last week, 'Fixer Dugan' (RKO) and. 
vaude headed by -Sally Rand ended 
with $15,000. 

Orphenm (F&M) (2,440; 35-55)— 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col) (3d wk). 
Will be short two days ot a full 
week on the final stint, which will 
bring in about $4,500. Even an ex- 
tra preview failed to help on the 
pull out This is decidedly mild and 
dlsapDointing. I,ast week (2d) fair 
$6,000. 

Paramonnt (F-WC) (2,740; 35-55- 
75) — 'Invitation to Ha-uiness' (Par) 
and 'Dnunmond's Secret Police' 
(Par), Opened Tuesday in an effort 
to get some biz on 'Happiness' which 
was advertised as getting ita world 
preem here. Slump still on and 
won't do better than $13,000, which 
Is just a shade over avera.i;e. Last 
week. 'Wonderful World' (Par) and 
'On Trial' (WB) (2d wk), $6,500, 
n.s.g, 

St Franote (F-WC) (1,470; 35-5S- 
75)— 'Eagle and Hawk' (Par) and 
'Star Midnight' (RKO) (re-issues). 
Around $5,000, blah. Last week, 
'Rose' (20th) and 'Danger Island* 
(20tl)) (3d wk), finaled to $5,000. 

Vnlted Artists (Cohen) (1.200; 35- 
55-65)— 'Mikado' (UA). This is first 
picture here to get complete en- 
dorsement of the public schools de- 
partment Natives In this muslc- 
lovlng town are generally a sucker 
for Gilbert and Sullivan stuff. How- 
ever, biz on 'Mikado' is disappoint- 
ing at $7,000. Last week about the 
same with 'Prison Without BarS* 
(UA). 

Warfleld (F-WC) (2.680; 35-55-75) 
--'Nazi Soy* (WB) and 'Like It Hotf 
(Par) (3d wk). Although the take 
has been far trom record-breaking 
bjz on 'Nazi' has been excellent con- 
sidering brutal going on the Main 
Stem during the past three months. 
Third week looks like $6,000. Last 
week, good $10,000. 

'Angels' Smash $6,000, 
Hardys' Great $5,500, 
Oklahoma City Bullish 

Oklahoifia City, June 6. 
Good biz all around here this week 
with 'Only Angels Have Wings' at 
the State and -Tbe Hardys Ride High* 
at the Criterion smashing through 
for fancy grosses. 'Angels' is a smash 
$6,000 and 'Hardys' seem sure to top 
$5,500. 

Estimates for This Week 
Criterion (Staii) (1,500; 25-35-40) 
—'Hardys' (M-G). Going good for 
very nice $5,500 or over. Last week, 
'Wuthering' (UA), good $5,000. 

Liberty (Stan)' (1.200; 20-25) — 
'Code Streeta' (U) and 'Eagle and 
Hawk' (Par) (re-issue), split with 
'Love Money* (U) and Nova-Baer 
pix. Heading for good $2,800. Last 
week, 'Prison Without Bars' (UA) 
and 'Inside Story' (2ath) split with 
'Made Her Spy' (RKO) and 'Fixer 
Dugan' (RKO) so-so, $2;000. 

Midwest (Stan) (1,500; 25-35-40)— 
'East Side Heaven' (U). Nice $4,800. 
Last week. 'Lady's Kentucky' (Par), 
so-so $3,700. 

__Pta»a (Stan) (750; 25-35-40)— 
'Broadway Serenade' (M-G). Brought 
back tor three days to mild $700. 
Last week, 'KUdare' (M-G), nice 
$1,500. 

State (Noble) (1,100; 20-25-40)— 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col). Smash 
$6,000 and broke opening day 
records. Last week, 'Moonlight 
Sonata' (Malmur), bad $1,200, five 
days. 

Tower (Stan) (1,000; 25-35-40)— 
'Wuthering'- (UA) on moveover from 
Criterion. No dice at $1,500. Last 
week, 'Rose' (20th) moveover good 
$2,500. 



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Foreign Coin Corbs Held Biggest 
Biuiaboo for Yank Pictiffe Firms 



Currency TestrlcUohs plus the 
premium American' film companies 
must pay to withdraw rental money 
from Jtoreign lands U seen by foreign 
managers of American companies as 
being the biggest bugaboos in the 
foreign field. More than 20 foreign 
nations have their own exchange 
control or some type of restrictive 
measures in force against U. S. pic- 
ture companies withdrawing profits 
In full 

Perhaps the most drastic monetary 
setup with Italy no longer a market 
for American distributors, is in na- 
tions imder Nazi influence.. Some 
major film officials estimate that lit- 
tle more than 10-15% of the total 
rental money actually is withdrawn 
to this country because of the 
blocked-mark situation as well as 
the disparity in value between the 
mark in the Beich and in the U. S. 
Added factor is the premium 
charged for such withdrawn coin. 
Blocked mark is the method em- 
ployed by the Nazis whereby they 
earmark a certain part of coin for a 
stay in Germany. Major film com- 
panies admit that there's little that 
can be done about this situation.- 

Countries having some exchange 
'Control, premiums on the withdrawal 
of money or other coin restrictions 
include Germany, Latvia, Poland, 
Esthonla, Lithuania, Yugoslavia, 
Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Greece, 
Turkey, Spain, Uruguay, Chile, 
Japan, Brazil and Argentine. 

Stricter Censorship In 
Japan WooU Sock 
Kids' Pic Attendance 



Tolcyo. May 8. 
. The enforcement of the motion 
picture law, which goes into effect 
in Japan on Oct 1, will directly ef- 
fect juvenile attendance at cinemas 
throughout the country. Because of 
rigid censorship some distributors 
are planning to give early morning 
shows on Sundays and on national 
holidays, 'exclusively' for children 
with programs particularly picked 
for them. This would, insure any 
dispute on suitability of screen fare 
' for juveniles. . The new statute em- 
phasizes greater care in production 
of film fare for youngsters. 

Distribs would use only films 
which are approved by the Educa- 
tion Ministry, such as newsreels and 
cartoon comedies. Even some car- 
toons in the future will be open to 
censorship, which is the tip-oft on 
how much more rigid the censor- 
ship Is becoming in Japan. Censors 
also will collaborate with the police 
In keeping tab on any crimes sup- 
posedly influenced by gangster films. 



Rubini Contract in Aussie 
Extended by Hoyts Chain 

Sydney, May 17. 

Jan Rubini. after clicking for 
Hoyts at the Regent, Sydney, has 
had his contract extended to cover 
26 weeks. 

Rubini is also doing a series of 
Sabbath half-hour broadcasts for a 
commercial sponsor over the Albert- 
Doyle network. 



Take If in Japanese 

Tokyo, May 15. 

A newly organized drama group, 
the Tokyoza, is planning to produce 
here 'You Can't l^ke It 'With You,' 
the Moss HartrGeorge S. Kaufman 
Pulitzer prize play of a couple of 
years ago. 

Comedy would be done in Ja-. 
panese. 



New Strauss Opera 

Vienna, May 27. 

In honor of Richard Strauss' 
birthday, the state will produce his 
latest opera, 'Day of Peace,' at the 
Reich Festival Week here on 
June 4-11. 

The composer is in his 75th year. 



Exhib Sues to Nix Forced 
Showing of Mex. Pictures 

Mexico City, June 6. 

Cine Teatro Alameda, class cinema 
here, has started court action to up- 
set tax slash action of the municipal 
government that affects all local ex- 
hibitors. Injunction sought is to 
restrain the government from upping 
taxes when made-in-Mexico pictures 
are not shown. 

Former civic administration al- 
lowed exhibitors a tax' reduction if 
they each showed at least one native 
film during the last three months of 
1938, period which the government 
took as a basis for taxes during 1039. 

Exhibitors assert that there aren't 
enough home productions to enable 
them to obey the mandate. 



GBEATEA DIHON TIinTS TIP 
Sydney, May 17. 
Reports from New York that Nor- 
man B. Rydge, chairman of Greater 
Union, would make out okay on 
product deals, saw a marked im- 
provement in shares of three of the 
major holding units. West's, Spen- 
and Amalgamated. 



AMUS. TAX SEEN 
IN AUSSIE FOR 
WAR FUND 



Canberra, May 18. 

The Australian Federal, govern' 
ment is reported ready to seek add 
ed revenue for defense purposes 
through increased entertainment 
taxes. Believed that a tax will be 
placed on theatre tickets from 25c 
up, increasing pro rata. 

It is not anticipated that any added 
tax will be slapped on U. S. Importa' 
tions. 



LOUIS MARX SETTLES 
HIS UNIVERSAL SUIT 



The suit of Louis Marx against 
Universal Pictures was both dis 
closed, settled and discontinued last 
week in N. Y. supreme court 

Marx, who was a foreign sales rep' 
resentative of Universal from' 1925- 
1938, sued for $15,000 plus interest, 
claiming that the film company owed 
him that amount, due to the devalu- 
ation of the dollar in 1933. 

Universal paid him in settlement 
of the action, but the company's at- 
torneys refused to disclose the 
amount. 



Coincidence 



Current London Plays 

(With Dates When Opened) 

'Me and My Girl,' Victoria Palace 
-Dec. 16. '37. 

Dear Octopus,' Queens — Sept. 14, 
'38. 

The Com Is Green,' Duchess — 
Sept 20, '3S. 

•Geneva,' SaviUe— Nov. 22, '38. 

'Under Your Hat,' Palace— Nov. 24, 
'38. 

They Walk Alone,' Comedy— Jan. 
19, '39. 

'Design for Living,' Haymarket— 
Jan. 25, '39. 

Tony Draws a Horse,' Strand — 
Jan. 26, '39. 

•Black and Blue,' Hippodrome — 
March 8, '39. 

'Gate Revue,' Ambassadors — 
March 9, '39. 

The Man in Half Moon Street,' 
New— March. 22, '39; 

'Dancing Years,' Drury Lane — > 
March 23, '39. 

'When We Are Married,' Prince's 
—March 27, '39. 

"The Doctor's Dilemma," White- 
hall—March 28, '39. 

The Women,' Lyric— April 20. 

•The Little Revue,' Little— AprU 21, 
'39 

'Third Party Risk,' St Martin's— 
May 2, '39. 

'Intruder,' Wyndham's-^May 3, '39. 

'Quiet Wedding,' Piccadilly— May 
8 '39 

' 'Inquest,' Duke of York's— May 9, 
'39 

'Bridge Head,' Westminster— May 
10, '30.- 

'Grouse in June,' Criterion— May 
16, '39. 

'Uneasy Living,' Kingway, May 
16 '39 

'Behold the Bride,' Shaftesbury, 
May 23. '39. 
'Of Mice and Men,' Apollo— May 

24. '39. 

'Only Yesterday,' Playhouse — May 

25, '39. 

'Rhondda Roundabout,' Globe — 
May 31, '39. 



Cairo, May 24. 

Egyptian army officers have 
been forbidden to visit cabarets 
or music halls in which any girls 
other than Egyptian are per- 
forming. This was ordered by 
the Minister of War subsequent 
to widespread reports of spying 
activities by some of these girls, 
for the most part German and 
Austrian. 

Coincidental with this order, 
was another by German consular 
authorities for these girls to re- 
turn home. 



NATAN, 2 AIDES JAILED, 
FINED IN PARIS FRAUD 



Paris, June 6. 

Bernard Tanenzapf, known as the 
'czar' of the French picture business 
imder the name of Bernard Natan, 
received a four-year jail sentence 
last week and two associates were 
also given jail terms for fraud in 
connection with French Pathe- 
Cinema's bankruptcy. 

Simon-Jean Cerf, one-time owner 
of racing stables, drew three years, 
while Alexandre George Johannides, 
Greek film engineer, got two. Judg- 
ment also was entered against the 
tiiree defendants individually and 
collectively for about $133,000 as 
damages due the Pathe receivers. 
Lucien DoUf uss, fourth defendant, 
was acquitted. 

The court found Tanenzapf largely 
to blame for a series of illegal tran- 
sactions in which Pathe-Cinema's as- 
sets were dissipated in establishing 
many subsidiary concerns and in 
purchase of worthless motion picture 
patents from a fictitious company. 



American Acts Click 

In London Preems 



London, June 6. 
Six standard American acts, head- 
ed by the Ttaw Stooges and Ada 
Brown, clicked strongly last night 
(Monday), opener of the Palladium's 
new vaude bill. The. Stooges were 
particularly clicky with their buf- 
foonery. 

Repeaters who went over are 
Senor Wences and Wilson, Keppel 
and Betty. 

' Opening a month's engagement at 
the (>>coanut Grove, Una Wyte reg- 
istered with her singing last night 
to6. 



U-a TOPS IN CAIBO 

Cairo, May 20. 

■The Great Waltz' (M-G) and 
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry* (M-G) 
have been doing excellently here. 

Trade Winds' (UA) has been do- 
ing moderately well. 



Tokyo Bans 'Conquest' 

Tokyo, May 8. 
'Conquest' (M-G) has been banned 
here. 



N. S. Wales Gov t Reported AUotting 
$600,000 to Aid Home Production 



OLD ORDER CHANGETH 



Jap 



Stage Ignores War Themes, 
Formerly the 'Vogne 



Tokyo, May 8. 

Stage productions in Japan have 
swerved from the brave deeds of 
warriors to. popular romantic stories. 
Since the outbreak of the Slno-Jap- 
anese hostilities, plays have been on 
the brave-fighter theme in ah effort 
to bolster national spirit 

Shift from the trench plot is also 
seen lately in the short feature the- 
atres that have spnmg up seemingly 
everywhere. Instead of six or seven 
newsreels showing booming guns iii 
China, the programs have two' news- 
reels, several cartoon comedies> 
sports shorts, etc. 



BIG SEASON ON 
FOREIGN FUJHS 
SEENINU.S. 



Despite the recent sag in foreign 
product particularly- French, dis- 
tributors of foreign pictures in New 
York anticipate that - this autumn 
will be one of the biggest fall sea- 
sons for the foreign-makes in years. 
Tliey base their prediction on the 
stronger lineup, wliich recently has 
been held back for one reason or 
another, that will be coming over 
from France. 

Distributors admit there has been 
too much enthusiasm shown for 
French product by newcomers in. the 
distrib field here. This had four 
effects: (1) it kidded French pro- 
ducers iiito believing that an unlim- 
ited market in the U. S. was be- 
ing developed for French-made 
films, (2) it boosted demands for 
each individual feature beyond' the 
price where it could be handled for 
profit in this 'country, (3) it stale- 
mated stronger . features from 
France and (4) it flooded the coun- 
try with a lot of lesser features. 



Munitions Boom Up 

Tokyo Theatre Mobs 

Tokyo, May 8. 

Due to the munitions boom pre- 
vailing in Japan, caused by the 
Sino-Japanese warfare, all theatres 
are packing them in. And this, in 
spite of the 10% tax levied by the 
government on all admissions. 

Attendance In Tokyo theatres last 
year totaled 86,598,627. This is an 
increase of 31,078,440 people com- 
pared with the previous year. Cin- 
ema house attendances represented 
90% of the increase. 



"Rhondda Liked but Not B.O.; Lee 
Ephraim Wants Simone for London 



Rouche Heads French 
State Theatre Setup 

Paris, May 28. 
" One of the most sweeping changes 
in the general management of the 
French National Theatres has taken 
place with the appointment of 
Jacques Rouche as administrator 
general of the state lyric theatres. 

Rouche,.. formerly director at the 
Opera, wiU head a newly constituted 
board, consisting of 20 members, 
that will run the Paris Opera and 
the Opera Comlque, bringing them 
both under a single management for 
the first time. 



Dunlap's Home Visit 

Stuart Dunlap, Metro's manager in 
South America who arrived in N. Y. 
from his foreign post May 31, plans 
to leave for the Coast some time 
next week. Dunlap, whose home 
originally was in California, will 
visit his relatives there. 

Plans returning east the latter part 
of June before sailing for South 
America again. 



London, June 0. 
'Rhondda Roundabout,' a drab 
narration of Welsh mining' lite, was 
warmly praised by the press at Its 
opening at the Globe here Wednes- 
day (31), though indications are it 
won't fare well because it isn't sut- 
fliciently pliable for the theatre. 
'Roundabout' was written by Jack 
Jones, the Welsh novelist and 
dramatist, and Is being presented by 
H. M. Tennent, Ltd., and John Giel- 
gud. 

Lee Ephraim has gone to Paris 
to attempt to sign Simone Simon to 
star with Bobby Howes in a new 
musical. 

'Dancing Years,' the Ivor No- 
vello musical, in which he's starred 
with Mary Ellis, has folded at the 
Drury Lane, with the theatre to be 
taken over by George Black and 
Tom Arnold to operate twice- 
nightly musicals. This is the first 
time that the house will operate 
such a policy. 

Jack Buchanan is joining forces 
with Walter Hackett to produce 
Hackett's new play in which Bu- 
chanan would co-star with Marion 
Lome. 



Sydney, May 18. 

The New South Wales govern- 
ment is reported planning to al- 
locate $600,000 to aid home pro- 
ducers. Presumed that goodly por- 
tion will go to Cinesound and 
National studios. Former has been 
in constant production for years 
without benefit of governmental coin 
while latter Is making a comeback 
following a couple of heavy setbacks. 

Last year, following on refusal of 
U. S. distribs to enter home produc- 
tion, the government agreed upon 
local financing under conditions 
meeting with the approval of a 
special committee, and through, its 
own Films Commission. Only pro- 
ducers of repute, will secure coin. 

Sir Ben Fuller intends going into 
production. Stated that he would 
apply to the government for coin to 
start 

Production in this territory has 
been negative in recent times, with 
Cinesound the only active unit Unit 
has just completed 'Gone to the 
Dogs,' with George Wallace, and Will 
Mahoney moves in next for one pic- 
ture. Mahoney has been' playing 
vaude here for Tiyoli. This will be 
followed by a tale of the overland 
telegraph. 

National has done nothing for the 
past two years. Understood that 
Fred Daniells Is now formulating 
plans for an early start through gov- 
ernment finance. 

Charles Chauvel, whi' experienced 
setbacks with 'Thunder Over the 
Desert,' Is another who expects to 
start shortly on production. Here 
Mclntyre, chief of Universal here, 
and others, are said to be behind 
ChauveL . 



Stirfing's Anglo Unit 
Opens 14th Season In 
Paris with 2 Preems 



Paris, May 28. 

Edward Stirling and his English 
Players opened their 14th season in 
Paris at the Theatre de I'Oeuvre last 
week with two world premieres. 
The -first, Inferno,' is a two-act 
tragedy by Juan Nicolo, Portuguese 
novelist and playwright It deals 
with the 'next war" and the horrors 
that cap be expected from it. Very 
realistically it portrays particularly 
what can be expected from the air 
in the next holocaust 

The other, 'The End of the j3e- 
ginning,' is a one-act skit by Sean 
O'Casey, the Irish dramatist Stlrl- 
ing and James Mllner are very 
amusing as gossipy, boasting and 
ne'er-do-well Irishmen who try their 
hand at housekeeping while their 
wives are out and only succeed In 
making things topsy turvy. 

In Inferno,' Sterling plays the 
lead and is supported by Jacqueline 
Porel, young French actress, who 
played in New York two seasons ago 
in 'French Without Tears.' George 
Matthews plays the radio announcer 
(In real life - he's the English an- 
nouncer for Paris Mondial Radio 
Station). Mllner Is the rich indus- 
trialist 

Stirling's next offering, Zoe Akln's 
dramatization of the novel. The 
Human Element' by Somerset 
Maugham, will also be a world pre- 
miere. . This will be followed by 
Theodore Dreiser's new play, "The 
Hand of the Potter.' Also on the 
calendar is Sacha Guitry's 'Le- 
Nouveau "Testament' in an English 
version called "The New Will.' 



COL TOO OPENING ITS 
OWNS. AFRICA SYSTEM 



Following the leads of Metro, 20th- 
j Fox and United Artists in opening 
' their own distribution systems for 
South Africa, Columbia plans to 
establish its own offices in that terri- 
tory. The S. A. sales system will be 
under the supervision of Joseph A. 
McConvllle, Col foreign head, who 
later will name those in charge of 
the territory. 

The number of offices to be open- 
ed has not yet been set Col has 
virtually two years of product for 
release in South Africa when Its 
own. distribution system is estab- 
lished. ' 



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VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



YOUNG MR. LINCOLN 

Twentltlh-Foz nleoM of Sarryl F. 
Eanuok'B prodnotlon; K«Dn«th Maoranan 
MBOcUt* produMr. Featuna Mtniy Fonda, 
Allca Brady, Marjorto Weaver, Arleon 
tllielaii. Directod by John Ford. OrlKlnol 
■oroenplny, Lamar. Trotti: moalo, AlCrod 
Kawman: camera, Bert Olennon;. editor, 
"Walter Thompaon. At Roxy, N. T., week 
June 2, '80. Running time, 101 MIN8. 

Abraham Lincoln .' Henry Fonda 

Aba«all Clay Alice Brady 

Uary Todd Marjorle Weaver 

Bnnnah Clay Arleen Whelan 

Ann Rntledge Pauline Moore 

Uatt Clay Rlehard Cromwell 

E(e Eddie Oolllna 

Carrie Sue Judith DIckena 

Adam Clay Eddie Quillan 

MInlaa Edwards Charlea Tannen 

John Folder Donald Meek 

Palmer Caaa Ward Bond 

Judce Herbert A. Bell Spencer Chartera 

Frank Ford-. Francla Ford 

'Scrub* White Fred Kohler, Jr. 

Mra. Edwards Kay Llnaker 

Stephen A. Dongloa Mllbum Stone 

Sheriff BUllnga Clin Clark 

Woolrldge Rvtsaell Simpson 

Sr. Mason Clarence Hummel Wilson 

John T. Stuart Edwin Maxwell 

Father Bddy Waller 

Uatt Clay (as boy) .....Billy Watson 

Adam Clay (as boy) Delma'r Watson 

Barber Harry Tyler 

Eavthcrae Ctaarlea HaKon 



Zanuck hasn't compromised much 
With Abraham Lincoln's authenticity 
as a character, and as result Henry 
Fonda's personation of "Young Mr. 
Lincoln' Is Impressively realistic. As 
the UUe impUes. it deals with the 
Great Emanlcipator's early days in 
Salem, HI., emphasizing the Civil 
War president's then penchant for 
Inherent honesty, fearlessness, 
shrewdness, plus such homely quali- 
ties as being a champ rail-splitter 
mixed with an avid hunger-for book 
lamin'. His trade of some groceries 
for a 'copy of filackstone's textbook 
on law Is highlighted its a turning 
point in th^ lUinoislan's career. 

As motion picture entertainment, 
however, "Young Mr. • Uncoln' is 
something else again. Fundamentally 
It resolves itself down to; 'a courtroom 
drama; perhaps ndt as melodramatic 
as the jurisprudence pyrotechnics of 
what has betome contemporaneous 
courtroom meller stuff, but a trial 
scene none' the less He s called upon 
to extricate Richard Cromwell and 
Eddie Quillan, as Matt and Adam 
Clay, following i murder rap 
' Fonda is capital in the highlight 
scenes where he languorously ad- 
dresses the small group in front of 
the little Berry-Lincoln general store 
In Salem, OQl.; again -when be quells 
« mob hitent on lynching the Clay 
boys,, whom he later defends as his 
first major case. 

With judicious eye to authenticity 
and dioilty the major shortcoming 
of this Lincoln film is at the altar of 
faithfulness, hampered by the rather 
lethargic .production and direction. 
It goes'through such a leisurely pace 
that it becomes a" question for mass 
boxofCtce: 

Theme is timely and almost topical 
In its reaffirmance of the democratic 

Brindples that govern American civil 
iberues. "The technical assets are 
many. Aq such, "Young Mr. Ziincoln' 
will command considerable critical 
attention. Notably, It's a new aspect 
on the life of Honest Abe, treating 
with his young lawyer days in the 
midwest, where he first brushes with 
the more brilliant Stephen A. Doug- 
las, who, however, soon ^nf esses he 
will see to it that he shall avoid 
clashing In the future with Lincoln's 
uncompromising convictions; and 
where he first meets Mary Todd, 
later to J>ecome the First tiady of the 
land, but here the romance interest 
Is a once-over-llghtly. ^ 

This lack of romance Interest is 
perhaps one of the prime lactors 
that deter the film from Interpreting 
Itself into big boxoStce. 

The histrionics are excellent, not 
ably Alice Brady as the mother of 
the Clay boys. It's almost her pic- 
ture. Marjorle Weaver and Arleen 
Whelan are but incidental. Fonda 
has not compromised on the popular 
conception of the ungainly Lincoln, 
although it's at a- period before he 
grew the beard. The makeup is au- 
thentic and highly effective on both 
physical exterior, and Fonda's own 
serious .interpretation. 

Milbum Stone, as Douglas, contrl 
butes a standout performance along 
with Spencer Charters as the judge, 
and Ward Bond and Fred Kohler, Jr, 
as the bullies. 

The courtroom victory ends with 
the omen that the young -de- 
fense attorney is a man of destiny, 
fading out wif)i a symbolic ascent to 
a distant moimt where he chooses to 
be with his thoughts. Abet 

THE SUN NEVER SETS 

Hollywood, Jtme 1. 
TTnlveraal release of Rowland V. Lee pro- 
duction. Stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and 
Baall B^athbone. Directed by Lee. Screen- 

5 lay by W. P. Lipscomb: based on stoty by 
erty Horwln and Arthur Fltz-Rtcbard; 
camera, Oeorge Robinson; editor. Ted Kent; 
asst. director, Fred Frank. Previewed at 
PanUges, May 81< '89. Running time, 88 
MIN8. 

John Jtandolpb Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 

Cllve Randolph Basil Rathbonc 

Helen Randolph Barbara O'Nell 

Zurar Lionel AtwlM 

Pbyllla Virginia Field 

Sir John Randolph C. Aubrey Smith 

Cosey Slelvllle Cooper 

Jin. Randolph Mary Forbes 

Simon John Burton 

Uncle Clerald Arthur Mnlllner 

Selafons Theodor Von Eltz 

Carpenter .'...Douglas Walton 

Colonial Oslolal Cecil Kellaway 



setup and production layout, picture 
will relegate to the lower dual 
brackets, and have a tough road in 
that classification to get by. ' 

'Sun Never Sets' is a missout all 
aroimd. Basic story wanders and 
flounders. Script and dialog arc 
elemental, direcuon mechanical and 
strained, and the acting is of the 
ten-twent-thirt variety. Players 
cannot be blamed for their ludicrous 
lines and actions in supposedly 
tense situations. It's just bad basic 
material unaided ty direction. 

Basil Rathbone has had too many 
good performances behind hl:n to be 
blamed for his shortcomings in this 
one. Same goes for Lionel Atwill, C. 
Aubrey Smith, Melville Cooper, and 
others in the cast Fairbanks, Jr., 
starts off with a smiling and posi- 
tive personality, but this is lost in 
the script to transform him into a 
sulking and frowning individual be- 
fore the finish. 

Picture attempts to detail experi- 
ence and loyalfy of - a family dedi- 
cated to service of the King and Em- 
pire. Included are the dastardly 
deeds of Lionel Atwill, ambitious to 
become a world dictator, who for 
some strange reason, establishes 
headquarters among the mines of the 
Gold Coast of Africa and establishes 
a powerful radio station that upsets 
the governments of Europe ana the 
world. Rathbone, after finishing his 
chore as commissioner of the Gold 
Coast, and in England for a soft 
home office post, is suddenly re- 
turned to the district as special In- 
vestigator, while younger brother 
Fairbanks goes along as' the new 
commissioner. There's dereliction 
of duty, in which the older brother 
takes tiie blame and disgrace, yoimg 
Fairbanks finally coming thrbugh in 
a heroic moment to uncover AtwiU's- 
scheme and save the family honor. 

Climax In which British bombing 
planes demolish '^e outlaw radio 
station, ' is synthetic and - tmcon- 
vincing. Situation does a complete 
pancake. 

Picture was planned apparently 
with an eye to grosses in the British 
market It wiU miss that mark. 



Miniatnre Reviews 



Toimg Mr. Llneeln' (20th). A 
dignified saga of early Lincoln- 
iana, paced rather slowly. 

•The Son Never Sets' (U). Con- 
fusing script and poor direction 
relegate this to lower duals. 

•Panama Lady* (RKO). DuU 
dualer. Stars -Lucille Ball In 
melodrama of the tropics. 

Ulalsle' (M-G). Sparkling 
comedy-drama for general audi- 
ences. Top B programmer will 
provide fine support 

•Undercover Doctor' (Par), 
F.B.I, wins hands down in an- 
other worthy meller. Above 
average for du&ls. 

'CharUe Chan In Beno' (20th). 
Sidney Toler carries on Charlie 
Chan sleuth series with aplomb. 
One of the better efforts. 

The Girl and 'the Gambler' 
(RKO)'. Remake of The Dove' 
for lower duals. 

Texas SUmpede' (.CoW Stand- 
ard western opus, with Charles 
Starrett 

'Across the Plains' (Mono). 
Actionrfllled western with Jack 
Randall riding and fighting 
again. 



PANAMA LADY 



RKO release of Cliff Reld production: 
Lee Marcus, production executive. Stars 
Lucille Ball; features Allan Lane, Steffi 
Duna. Evelyn Brent, Donald Briggs. 
Directed by Jack Hlvely, Screenplay, 
Michael Eanin, from story by Qaxrett Fort; 
camera, J. Roy Htmt: musical director, 
Roy Webb; editor, Theron Warth. At 
Palace, N. T.. week June 1, '89, dual. 
Running Ume: 6S MIllSl 

Lucy .Lucille Ball 

MoTeague Allan Lane 

Cheema..« Steffi Duna 

Lenore .'.Evelyn Brent 

Roy Donald Briggs 

Pearl Bemadene Hayes 

Bllsha. r -. Abner Blbennan 

Bartender .William Pawley 

Foreman Earle Hodglns 



'Panama Lady' Is a dull, poor 
story that. has few redeeming fea- 
tures. Can't hope for more than a 
secondary spot on dualers. 

A tropical melodrama abetted by 
Lucille Ball as Its star, and Allan 
Lane, Steffi Duna, Donald Briggs 
and Evelyn Brent in supt)ortmg 
roles. It deals with a stranded 
cabaret girl in Panama, who, out of 
necessity, joins Miss Brent and 
Bemadene Hayes In rolling Lane, an 
oil prospector, when he's drunk. 
'When he wakens,^ he yells copper 
and Miss Ball promises to become, in 
order to save' her self from jail. 
Lane's housekeeper at his South 
American shack. The 'housekeeper' 
angle is no cause for Haysian excite- 
ment—the suggestion is robbed when 
she actually, becomes his house- 
keeper. 

Donald Briggs Is the other guy, 
who's mixed up In some nefarious 
practices. He does well enough, 
along with Miss Brent who's in a 
bit and Lane, while Miss Ball has 
bitten off more than she can chew. 
Her dramatic emoting Is too far a 
cry from her more sprightly, recent 
comedy roles. 



Brightest thing about this one is 
the tide. Otherwise, If s a dull, un- 
interesting and confusing piece that 
drags, without semblance of convic- 
tion. Turned out as a top A In cast 



out prominently In the title role as 
a small-time showgirl stranded in a 
Wyoming cow-town. She's sexy, 
smart and resourceful — and de- 
cided^ likeable throughout Robert 
Young switches from his previous 
wisecracking and flippant roles to 
one more serious as a ranch manager 
who unsuccessfully .parries the ro- 
mantic advances of Iiuss Sothern. Ian 
Hunter, Ruth Hussey and Cliff Ed- 
wards are most nrominent in sup- 
port, each turning In a topnotch 
job. 

Meeting Yoimg In the cdw-town 
while rustling coffee and cakes. Miss 
Sothern moves into the ranch quar- 
ters; and assumes job of maid to 
owner's ■wife, Ruth Hussey, as excuse 
to stay on. Show^l continuaUy 
heckles Young imbl he proposes 
marriage. Meanwhile, in helping 
Hunter td retain .affections of his 
wife, she essays the role of a roman- 
tic fixer on the side. Leaving Young 
and the ranch following a dispute 
with the manager. Miss Sothern re- 
turns to the place when she is able 
to clear Young of charge of murder- 
ing Hunter. ' 

'Maisie' is sparkling and hiunorous 
entertainment, with just enough dra- 
matic and romantic sidelights to 
make it effective. for general audi- 
ences. It's speedy pace carries 
along smoothly without slow spots, 
and picture builds neatly .to the con- 
clusion. 



MAISIE 

Hollywood, June 2, 
Metro release of J, Walter Ruben Pn- 
duotlon. Features Robert Toung and Ann 
Sothern. Directed by Edwin L. Harln. 
Screenplay by Mary C. McCall, Jr.: from 
book by Wilson Colllson: camera, Leon- 
ard Smith; editor,- Fredrick T. Smltb. Pre- 
viewed at Westwood Village, June 1, '89. 
Running time, 78 MINB> 

•Slim' Martin .....Robert toung 

MaJsle Ravlar Ann Sothern 

Sybil Ames Ruth Hussey 

Clifford Ames lan Hunter 

^."I'^'ll'y -V C"" Elwards 

Riobard Raymond Anthony Allan 

i"?* • Art Mix 

g'«<>--'' George Toblaa 

Roger Bannerman Richard Carle 

Prosecuting Attorney Minor Watson 

Deputy Sheriff Harlan Briggs 

S'P.se Paul EvertSn 

Joseph Crehan 

P™'* Frank Puglla 

^ Willie Fung 

"Maisie' Is a good package of light 
entertainment ' geared for general 
audience appeal. It's a top B pro. 
grammer that will hold up as t 
strong supporter in the key duals. In 
the subsequents and nabes, 'Maisie' 
can share billing with much of the 
lesser A product, and get along 
nicely on its own in the singles. 

Picture demonstrates advantages 
of perfect blending of crackerjack 
script crisp dialog, zestful direction, 
and consistently fine performances, 
for overall favorable results. Fast- 
piced and neatly effective dovetail- 
ing of comedy, romance and drama, 
'Maisie' is easy to take, 

Aided cbnslderablv by many 
dialog nifties and situations, plus 
neat direction, Ann Sothern sttmds 



Charlie Chan in Reno 

20th-Fox production and release. Fea- 
tures Sidney Toler, Rlcardo Cortex, Phyllis 
Brooks, Slim lAimmervllle, Ben Tung. Di- 
rected by Norman Foster. Screenplay by 
Frances Hyland, Albert Ray and Robert B. 
Kent, baaed on original story, 'Death Makes 
a Decree' by Philip Wylle, and based on 
the charaoter created by Karl Derr BIggers; 
editor, Fred Allen; muelc, Bamuel Kaylln; 
camera, VIrgll Miller. At Globe, N. T., 
week June 1, '30. Running time. 70 3IINB. 

Charlie Chan Sidney Toler 

Dr. Alnsley Rlcardo Curtez 

Vivian Walla I'tayllls Brooks 

Sheriff Fletcher Slim Summervllle 

Curtis Whitman Kane Jllohmond 

James Chan Sen Tung 

Mary Whitman Pauline Moore 

Cab Driver Kddle Collins 

Mrs. Russell Kay Llnaker 

Jeanne Benlly Louleo Henry 

Wally Burke Robert Lowery 

Chief of Police King.... Charlea D. Brown 

Choy Wong Iris Wong 

George Bently Morgan Conway 

Night Clerk Hamilton MacFadden 



Undercover Doctor 

Paramount release of Harold Hurley pro- 
duction. Feaiurea Lloyd Nolan, Janice 
Logan, J. Carrol Malsb, Heather Angel. 
Directed by Ixiula King. Story, J. Edgar 
Hoover; adaptation, Horace McCoy and 
William R. LIppman; editor, Arthur 
Schmidt; photography, 'William C. Mellor. 
At Criterion, N. T., week May 81. '30. 
Running time, 61 lUNS. 

Robert Anders ..Lloyd Nolan 

Margaret Hopklna Janlco Logan 

Dr. Bartley Morgan J. Carrol Nalsh 

Cynthia Weld Heather Angel 

Eddie Krator Broderick Crawford 

Tom Logan Robert Wilcox 

Elmer Porter Richard Carlo 



Just in case anybody doubted 
whether he could carry on as the 
new Charlie Chan, Sidney Toler 
makes his work in 'Charlie Chan in 
Reno' ttie clincher. Character actor 
may seem a bit pompous with his 
Oriental sayings in early passages, 
but once he swings into the more 
staccato dialog he's a faithful repre- 
sentation of the sleuth of old. 

Pointed direction by Norman 
Foster; trim scripting by a trio of 
writers and spirited acting that ne'ver 
goes overboard have made the Philip 
Wylle original, 'Death Makes a 
Decree,' an intriguing yarn. It is a 
vehicle bound to follow through at 
houses where this series has clicked 
previously. In many ways, the film 
proves one of the more interesting in 
the long string, possibly because the 
original murder mystery was virile. 

Reno is merely a background for 
an odd slaying which seems to be on 
the verge of solution at several 
jimctures. Per usual, it envelops 
virtually every person in the original 
hotel bar party shown in one of the 
early sequences, as a newcomer 
femme arrives to seek a divorce. An- 
other decree-seeker is suddenly 
found murdered; and from then on it 
is strictly (Hiarlie Chan's show as he 
constantly overcomes the stupid 
moves of the county sheriff. 

Besides Toler's clean-cut portrayal, 
supporting work is studded by fine 
performances. Cortez, as the Reno 
colony doctor, makes a stolid semi- 
menace character. Summervllle, 
Diaying almost straight <<omedy, chips 
in with one of his better comical jobs 
as "Tombstone' Fletcher, the sheriff. 
Phyllis Brooks, cast as the hotel 
hostess, wears several revealing 
gowns and manages some worthy 
scenes, being carefully concealed as 
the main culprit in the plot Sen 
Yung again is C:harlie Chan's "No. 2 
son,' the ambitious amateur Sherlock. 

Pauline Moore, cast as new arrival 
in Reno who becomes heavily in- 
volved in the sleuth hunt at the out- 
set is capable enough. Eddie Collins 
m^es a creditable comic taxi driver. 
Kay Linaker, Louis Henry (as the 
divorce-seeker slain early). Iris Wong 
and Robert Lowery head the re- 
mainder of a well chosen support 

Director Foster manages a rather 
bulky cast with skill, without losing 
the main story thread at any junc- 
ture. Screenplay and dialog scripting 
pointed and .original. Wear. 



The glory of the F. B. L and the 
lesson it teaches that crime doesn't 
pay is adhered to with fealty again 
in this J. Edgar Hoover yam of the 
G-men. This is the second In the 
series under a tieup witii head-man 
of the G-laddies, who approves the 
stories, the finished production and 
the advertising. It is melodramatic 
porridge in the name of law and 
order that sells satisfactorily. 

First of the Hoover stories was 
'Persons ia Hiding,' also produced by 
Harold Hurley. It did well as a 'B' 
meller and this one,, also, will. A 
good cast strong on the male side, 
carries ttie story along to an ex- 
pected but effective finish, with the 
doctor, his criminal cohorts and 
various gangsters biting the dust In 
the face of the efficient FBL 

Sufficient action and suspense 
figures to hold meller audiences for 
the 67 minutes but recommended that 
a better than av.erage dualer be play- 
dated 'With Undercover Doctor* for 
double biUs. Picture lends Itself to 
exploitation and . any special effort 
the exhibitor may went to give it 
suited to his particular locall^ and 
audiences. 

Lloyd Nolan and J. Carrol Nalsh, 
who have been built up competently 
by Paramount In the last couple 
years, lead the cast as G-man and 
doctor, respectively. The former 
doesn't get hep to the fact that Naish, 
posing as a medico with a swank 
clientele, actually makes his real 
coin from treating criminals unlaw- 
fuUy until toward the end when 
clues here and there begin to patch 
together for the lowdown. Nolan and 
Naish are both excellent 

The girl is Janice Logan, the doc's 
nurse, while others are Heather 
Angel, a society gal without much; 
Broderick Crawford, fine criminal 
type, and Robert Wilcox, another 
badman. 

IV a high-cost picture and one 
that probably will not demand strong 
rentals though chances are good It Is 
gotog to earn what It gets. CTiar. 



The Girl and the Gambler 

Hollywood, June 3. 

RKO release of Cliff Reld production. 
Features Leo Carrlllo, Tim Holt, Steffi Duna. 
Directed by Lew Landers. ' Screenplay by 
Joseph A. Fields and Clarence Upson 
Toung: from piny, "The Dove.' by Wll- 
lard Mack: camera, Rnsaell Hetty; editor. 
Desmond Marquette, Previewed at RKO 
Hlllstreet, L. A., June 3S. '80. Running 
Ume. 62 MDia 

El Rayo Leo Carrlllo 

Johnny Powell Tim Holt 

Dolores Steffi Duna 

Mike . .' Donald MacBrlde 

Pasqual Chrls-Pln Martin 

Rodolto Edward Raquello 

Charlie Paul Fix 

Pedro Julian Rlvero 

Gomez Frank Puglla 

Madge Esther Mulr 

Manuelo Paul Sutton 

Andres Charles Stevens 

Tomaso Frank Lackteen 

Aside from a typical Mexican bad 
man.characterization by Leo Carrlllo, 
there is nothing- in this one to lift it 
above ordinary filler classification in 
the subsequente. It's a lightweight 
piece, with a shoddy script failing to 
arouse audience interest except for 
brief moments: 

Picture is latest film version of 
The Dove,' Willard Mack's play pro- 
duced on Broadwav a number of 
years ago by David Belasco, Film 
credits prominently display this fact. 
But "The Dove' would be very dis- 
appointed in Its latest hatching. The 
dramatics, tenseness and effective- 
ness that made the play a hit origi- 
nally are all missing. 

Plot is familiar, and much of the 
material has been used in westerns 
during the past decade. CarriUo is a 
dashing Mexican Robto Hood of 
about 1912. On a bet he goes to the 
border town to bring back dancer 
Steffi Duna wiUingly to the gang 
headquarters. He finds the girl in 
love with American Tim Holt stick 
man on a gambling house dice table. 
More concerned with winning his 
bet and making good his boast of 
amorous conquests, trio revolve 
through series of Incidents, untU 
CarrUIo flnaUy turns the two lovers 
loose several miles from the border. 

Picture turned out for a moderate 
budget, shows adequate production 
values. Camera work is above par 
for lower B offering. 



TEXAS STAMPEDE 

Columbia prodoctlon and release. Stan 
Charles BUrrett. Directed by Bam Nelso? 
original screenplay, Charles Francla Rovai: 
mualcal dlreofor, M. W. Btoloff: camera! 
Luclen Ballard. At Arena, N. Y., May iSi 
29, 'W. Running time, 80 MINH. 

Tom Randall , Charles Starrett 

Joan Cameron i . . . .Iris Meredith 

Wayne Cameron Fred Kohler, Jr. 

Jeff Cameron Lee Prathrr 

Zack Avery Raphael Bennett 

Abe Avery Blackjack Ward 

Hank Hank Dell 

Hobbs Edmund Cobb 

Owens Eddie Heara 

Seth Ed Coien 

Bob Bob Nolan 

and Sons of the Pioneers 

Range war western of thundering 
hoofs, 'Texas Stampede' has its ex- 
citing moments. But otherwise it 
holds to the good old oats opera 
formula of the struggling sheriff who 
surmoimts all odds to bring peace- 
ful adjustment of factions battling 
over water rights. 

Starrett again is the cowboy hero, 
wearing the white 10 gallon hat and 
riding the white pony. 'Whole- 
hearted attempt is made to build the 
romance, between this ranger and 
the daughter of the battling cattle 
king. Iris Meredidi is effective in 
the femme role. 

Fistic set-to in the western jail cell 
carries a wallop while the rescue of 
the girl by Starrett just in time to 
duck the stampeding herd pitches 
the yam to a rousing cUmax. It also 
helps cover some trite dialog in- 
cluding such familiar phrases as^ 
'Doesn't that mean anything to you?', 
'More than youll ever knowj 'Easy, 
Wa'rne, you're ' not going through 
with this7' 

Photography and action places film 
In category of a standard western. 

Wear. 



ACROSS THE PLAINS 

Monogram production and release. Stars 
Jack Randall. Directed by Spencer Ben- 
nett. Screenplay by Robert Emmett; edi- 
tor, Robert Golden; camera. Bert Longe- 
necker. At Arena, N., T., dual, June 4-8, 
'89. Running time: 81 BUMS. 

CherokiM...,. Jack Randall 

Lopez Frank Yaconelll 

Mary Joyce Bryant 

Buckskin Hal Price 

Kansas Kid Dennis Moore 

Jeff Glenn Strange 

Buff Robert Card 

Lex Bud Osbom 

Rip Dean Spencer 

Rawhide Wylle Grant 

'Rualy' Wonder Horse 

Producers of this cowboy meller 
have followed the theory that west- 
erns must have action If nothing 
else. After a rather sketchy prelim- 
inary prolog which explains the iden- 
tity of the two. principal western 
character^, there Is a proponderance 
of rapid-fire action and only a smat- 
tering of dialog. Fibn will satisfy 
where Jack Randall has a following, 
and help on lower bracket of dual 
bills where they like outdoor thrill- 
ers. 

New twists have been given to the 
well-worn plot . concerning two 
brothers, who grow up apart, not 
knowing how their parents were 
slain in the cactus California waste- 
lands. One is taught to believe that 
Indians shot down his parents in a 
raid on their covered wagon because 
raised by the white renegades who 
actually took their lives. The other, 
C3ierokee (Randall), Is brought up 
by redskins, but always is anxious 
to contact his missing brother. Pic- 
ture has the familiar brotherly 
clinch as Randall routs the renegade 
band assisted > his Cherokee pals. 

It's not bad cactus opera fare, 
carrying few dull moments. Picture 
has its walloping fist fight, as Cher- 
okee knocks out two huskies; a dar- 
ing escape from the cliffs to his 
faithful mount, 'Rusty,' and the cus- 
tomary reckless gun battle. 

Randall makes an acceptable west- 
ern cowboy with indications of be- 
coming a he-man actor. Frank "Ya- 
conelU, as his pal, Lopez, furnishes 
a nice bit of comedy relief and a 
couple of guitar-vocal solos. Dermis 
Moore pUys the Kansas Kid, brother 
of Cherokee. - Support is standard 
western calibre. 

Bert Ixingenecker has furnished 
brilliant camera handling, taking full 
advantage of the colorful mountain 
background. Spencer Bennett ef- 
fectively directs his moving enisodes. 

Weor. 



SOUTHWARD HO 

(WITH SONGS) 
Republic release of Joseph Kane produc- 
tion. Features Roy Rogers. Mary Hart. 
George Hayes. Directed by Kane. Screen- 
Play, Gerald Geraghty, from original by 
John Rathmell, Jack- Natteford; camera. 
Jack Marta; editor, Leater Orlebeck; musi- 
cal director, Cy Feuer. Reviewed In Pro- 
i«tlon Room, N. T., June 1, Running tlm^ 
SB UtNB. 

Sf.y Roy Rogers 

BUen Mary Hart 

Gabby George 'Gabby' Haye* 

Denbigh Wade Boteler 

Jeffries Arthur Lo't 

Crawford Lane Chandler 

Hodley Tom London 

Skeeter Charles Moore 

Mears Edwin Brady 

Unusually themed for a western, 
'Southward Ho' is of better grade. 
Packs plenty of . hard riding, gun 
throwing and comedy into a tale 
buUt around the reconstruction 
period foUowing the Civil War. Roy 
Rogers, in the lead, is a convincing 
sagebrush hero from all angles. Be 
sings, too, and contrary to the usuw 
his piping Is agreeable. Scripting ana 
direction don't allow the musical 
sequences to Interrupt the continuity 
(Continued on pago 14) 



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(Continued from page 3) 
Harris spot, seems to be going in for 
them exclusively. House booked 
•Lost Horizon' and 'Awful Truth' 
and follows these two with "Lady 
for a Day' and 'Broadway Bill.' Kven 
Art Cinema, tiny foreign-film site, 
is bringing 'em back, but going to 
Hollywood for its reissues Instead of 
the foreign marts. Latter spot started 
the ball rolling with the Rob- 
ert Montgomery hit of two seasons 
ago, 'Night Must Fall.' 



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Film Reviews 



'WEEK 
OF 
RELEASE 



3/24/39 



NW Closings in Plenty, 
Chieliy Due to No Pix 

Minneapolis, June 6. 
Combination of poor business and 
product shortage. Particularly the 
latter, threatens wholesale closing of 
Theatres hereal>out. W. A. Steffes' 
sure-seater World, which has been 
a highly successful house, closes for 
the first time in its history June 17, 
because of inability to obtain prod- 
uct suitable for its patrons. Theatre 
caters especially to the carriage 
trade and plays mostly foreign and 
unusual pictures with occaisional 
American and British hit films that 
come in for an extension of their 
loop engagements after first-running, 
at one of the larger downtown 
houses. 

Period of shuttering is. indefinite. 
Unless more flrst-nm product be- 
comes available within 'Uie next few 
weeks. The Minnesota Amuse. Co. 
(Paramount's northwest circuit), will 
be compelled to close two of its 
loop theatres. 

The Palace, lower I.oop 1,900 seat 
Independent, deluxe^ subsequent-run 
house, goes, dark within the next 
fortnight It recently discontinued 
weekend vaudeville. To bridge the 
gap caused by lack of strong film 
product, the Orpheum has booked 
in two more stage shows, although, 
because of bad business. It previ- 
ously had announced there'd be no 
more summer flesh-and-blood. Bob 
Hope' comes to top a show June 23 
and another Major Bowes' unit fol- 
lows. 

Many independent neighborhood 
exhibitors, also feeling the pinch of 
sagging grosses and product short- 
age, are talking closings, too. 



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T«wer, K, C., Folds 

Kansas City, June 6, 
- Tower theatre closed June 2 for an 
indefinite period after five years of 
operation, all but past three months 
on vaudflim policy. House was 
opened by Barney JoSee, but was 
recently under Fox Midwest banner, 
Expectations are for reopening in the 
fall with possible occasional big 
vaude names during the summer. 

Dearth of available stage names 
and lack of product forced closing of 
bouse for time being. Fox Midwest 
operates Uie Esquire, small down 
towner, and Uptown, 1,200-seater, on 
day and date policy. 

Ted Lewis and unit got closing 
assignment and turned in a good 
week's take. From here the Ijiwis 
crew takes in week of one nighter's 
through Missouri, Iowa and Ne 
braska, and follows with a week in 
the Orpheum, Omaha. 

Frank Bitter, Tower manager, 
moves to the Uptown and takes along 
Harry Biederman as assistant. 



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F & M Closing One 

St. Louis, June 6. 
A two weeks' notice has beeii sent 
to all employees of the Fanchon 
Marco-operated St Louis Missouri, 
Fox and Ambassador theatres but it 
has not been determined which house 
will be shuttered. The letter signed 
by C. B. Nelson, personnel director, 
stated 'Please accept this as two 
weeks' notice of- the possibility of 
your particular theatre closing. The 
shortage of pictures at this time 
makes it quite evident that we can- 
not keep four theatres open during 
the summer. At this date we haven't 
determined which one will be closed 
and until such determination has 
been made you will be on a weekly 
basis after the expiration of the two 
weelcs' notice.' 



6/9/39 



Bail Folds 

Buffalo, June 6. 
The Cataract, Niagara Falls, sum- 
mer-shuttered Saturday (3) for six 
weeks; operated by Charles Hayman 
under first-run dual policy. 



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Schenectady, N. Y., June 6, 
The -Palace has been curtained for 
the summer by Sidney Dwore. His 
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WHISPEBING ENEMIES D 

SERGEANT MADDEN D 

TRIGGER SMITH W 

MIDNIGHT C 

Mr WIFE'S RELATIVES C 

THE FLYING IRISHMAN D 

TROUBLE IN SUNDOWN W 

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J. Holt-D. Cestello 

W. Beery-A. Cartls-T. Brown 

Jack Randall 

C. Colb«rt-D. Ameche 
J. L. and R. Gleason 

D. Corrigan-A. Appleby 
G. O'Brien-L Kcltb 

J. Preaty-R. Gleason 
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C. Bioktord-J. Parker 

W. Pidreon-V. Braoe-Carrllle 
C. Rnggles-M. Rambean 
W. Boyd-R. Rogers - 
J. ElUson-H. Wood 

G. Aalry-S. Barnette 
R. Green-W. Barrie 

H. Herbert- J. Hodgei 
M. Lindsay-J. Litel 



J. HaoDonald-L. Ayret 
S. Dean-R. Gleason 
Bob Borns-G. George 
L Dnnne-C. Boyer 
P. Lorre-J. Hersholt 
B. Crosby-J. Blondell 
H. Oberon-L. Oliver. 
E. Flyan-O. de Havlland 



W. Abel-B. Roberto 

D. O'Kccfe-F: RIce-R. Johnson 

Jaokle Cooper 

J. Howard-Heather Angel 

M. Raye-B. Hope-E. Coaaart 

S. Ellers-A. Lane 

J. Wayne-R. Rogers 

D. Ameehe-L. Toang-Fonda 

K. Franols-W. Gargan 



H. Booney-L. Stone-F. Holdcn 

J. St«venson-B. Lynne 

W. Ford-A. HaoHahon 

L. Traoy-P. Sbannon 

R. Rogers-M. Hart-R. Hatton 

T. HartlB-G. Stoa * 

G. Harker-A. SIm-H. WlUlama 

O. Hardy-H. Langdon-B, Barke 

B. BlaoLane-E. Snilivan 

B. Davis-G. Brent 



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L. Ayres-L. Barrymore 
Franklo Darre 
G. Baft-E. Drew-H. Herbert 

G. Aatry-S. Bametto 
F. Astalrc-G. Rogers 

K. Holt-J. Shaw-V. Weldler 
W. Baxter-L. Barl 
J. Lang-R. Kent 

H. Bogart-G. Palge-B. Halep 



D. Costello-M. Whalen 
M. Loy-R. Taylor- J. AUer 
B. Stanwyck-J. MoCrea 
A. Shirley-J. Ellison 

P. Foster-L. Barrl-W. Vernon 
H. Carey-F. Hiomas 

E. G. Robinson-F. Lederer 



C. Morrls-Bellamy-Dvorak 
BL Donglas-L. PIpU 
Tex Bitter 

B. Hope-S. Ross-G. Krapa 

Three Mesqalteers 

L. Ball-A. Lane 

T. Power-A. Faye-A. Jolsen 

G. Farrell-B. MacLane 



C. Colbert-J. Stcwart-Klbbee 

Movlta^J. Carroll 

L Ulranda-R. Milland 

R. Dlx-G. Patrick 

R. Ro'gers-M. Hart 

J. Wittiers-A. Whelan-Hymer 

V. McLaglen-T. Browh-N. Gray 

R. Arlen-H. Marsh-R, Hudson 

M. WUson-J. Davis 



J. Arthnr-C. Grant 
Annabella-R. Yonng-B. Bnrko 
B. Jones-H. Twelvetrees 

E. Bergner-W. Lawson 

F. Inescort-O. Krager-A. Ames 
George O'Brlen-M. Reynolds 
Rlti Broa.-A. Louise 

B. Rathbone-V. Field* 
R. Reagan-R. Tewne 
B. Aherne-V. McLaglen 



J. Holt-K. De Mille 

Jaok Randall 

G. Allen-W. WUIiam 

Lope Velei-D. Woods 

J. Froutyi-S. Byington 

J. Lang-D. Foran-H. Carey 

C. Grapewin-J. Bryan 



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W. Pidgeon-R. Johnson 

A. Nagle-W, Hull 

L. Nolan-J. C. Naish-J. Lagan 
jS. Canders-S. Gray 

B. Cabot-R. Byrd 
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C. SUrrett-I. Meredith 
W. Pidgeon-V. Brnee-L Chase 
J. Trent-M. Reynolds 
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either, rather threadmg them in 
neatly. There are three or four 
atmospheric sagebrush tunes, all 
sounding good, but none outstanding. 

Rogers and his .sidekick comic. 
Gabby Hayes, have just returned 
from s^ice with the Confederate 
Army to take 60% possession of a 
ranch in Texas (willed to Hayes), 
only to find that the other half is 
owned by an ex-Union officer with 
whom the pair had had a wartime 
experience. Dialog doesn't explain 
why a southern rancher was in the 
Union. Army. Coownership of the 
ranch embroils the two in many 
arguments. 

Federal Government, places, the 
area under martial law, naming the 
aforementioned ex-Union man Colo- 
nel of a troop of cavalry sent to 
enforce it and collect back taxes. 
Unknown to their Colonel, the troop, 
led by an unscrupulous captain, start 
a reign ot terror plimdering and 
ruthlessly handling anybody daring 
to oppose them. Finally the ranch- 
ers,, led by Rogers, band together and 
recover tiieir guns, which they were 
forced to give up tmder martial law, 
and In a short chase and gunfight 
drive the dominating cavalrymen out. 

Rogers again has Mary Hart, -who 
In this runoff is the daughter of the 
Colonel, as the femme lead. She has 
nothing much to .do except look 
pretty and be on hand to quiet her 
father's anger when .he and Hayes 
lock horns, but carries it capably. 
. Film is better turned out than the 
average western. Direction keeps 
things moving at a comfortable pace, 
but the best job seems to be in the 
camera department 

LAWLESS VALLEY 

RKO-Radto nleam of Bert Gllroy pro- 
duction. Stars Goorge O'Brien; leaturfa 
Kay Sutton, Directed by Savid Howard. 
Screenplay, Oliver Drake; story, W. C 
Tuttle; camera, Harry wild; ' editor. 
BYederlck Knudtson. At Colonial, Lincoln, 
dual. 

Cast: Geonro O'Brien, Kay s°utton, Walter 
Miller. Fred Kobler, Sr., Fred Knhltr.- Jr., 
Lew Kelly, Oeorae MacQuarrle, EHrl Hod- 
glne, CblU 'WUIs, Dot Farley. Running 
time, t» UINB. 



Sprung from a framed jailing- in 
the opening moments of 'Lawless 
VaUey,' George O'Brien gets into 
action and maintains it just short of 
an hour for a very entertaining 
western. The original W. C. Tuttle 
story was flossed into screenplay by 
Oliver Drake, who'has been maneu- 
vering bosses and men over Holly- 
wood's scenic sagebrush many years 
and knows how. 

The story weaves about O'Brien's 
supposedly having committed a 
mafor stage robbery with his father, 
the dad being found dead and ticketed 
by the coroner as suicide when about 
to be caught while O'Brien gets 
caged. That area of the countryside 
is thumbed under by Fred Kohler, 
Sr., who, as guardian for Kay Sutton, 
wants to cement his hold on her 
property by forcing her to marry his 
son, Kohler, Jr. Gal has the bosomal 
thumps for O'Brien and the sympa- 
thy of nearly all hands, which is the 
senior Kohler's obstacle. 

I>ave Howard, directing this series, 
sees to it that O'Brien is kept plenty 
busy. He's either chased, chasing, or 
about to do one or the other all the 
time. Liberal roughhousing and hard 
riding further the action fan's 
interest 

The O'Brien style ot cowboying is 
well known. He socks like he means 
it and is big enough to take on all 
comers. In "Valley* he plays as good 
as iever. Kay Sutton, farmed down 
into the westerns after a few tries 
elsewhere on RKO's lot, is an eyeful, 
although her type of beauty isn't 
augmented by a stetson. Novelty 
Dlay is the Kohler family's insertion, 
in father and son roles on the screen. 
This was Fred, Sr.'s last chore before 
he died last fall, and its as nasty as 
always. Flm is a belated release. 
Walter Miller, a dick in disguise; 
Earl Hodglns, a sheriff who could be 
handled; Lew Kelly, a cook cupiding 
on the side; and Dot Farley, a sort of 
jailer for Miss Sutton, all came even 
or better than their lines. 

A thoroughly satisfactory western 
for both patron and b.o. Barn. 



TITLE CHANGES 

Hollywood, June 6. 
'Death of a Caiampion' is release 
tag on 'Dog Show Murder' at Para- 
mount. 

'She Married a Cop' is third title 
for 'Laughing Irish Eyes.' originally 
"The Fighting Irish,' at Republic. 

The -Dead End Kids at Military 
School' is new handle for 'The Dead 
End Kids at Valley Forge' at War- 
ners. 



STORY BUYS 

Hollywood, June 6. . 

Metro bought 'Pretty Penny,' by 
Jack Goodman and Agnes Rumsey. 

Albert Malta sold his story, 'Hap- 
piest Man On Earth,' to Metro. 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



VARIETY 



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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



Par Sales Forces Pour into L A. 
For Annual Sesh on New Product 



Los Angeles, June 6. 

Faramount's annual sales conven- 
tion convenes here tomorrow (Wed.) 
for four days at the Ambassador 
Iiotel, with upwards of 265 dele- 
gates in attendance. Special Union 
Pacific train carrying home office 
execs, eastern saleis delegations and 
conventioneers from south and mid- 
west, picked up en route, arrives to- 
morrow (Wednesday) morning, fol- 
lowed by Vancouver, Seattle, Port- 
land and San Francisco sales forces. 

Eastern special will be met at 
San Bernardino, Cal., 60 miles east, 
by a band, members garbed as sol- 
diers of the French Foreign Iieglon, 
in honor of 'Beau Geste,' which Par 
is remaking for Its 1939-40 program. 
At the Union station here, delegates 
will be greeted by eight girls, also 
clad in Hollywood's adaptation of 
the Legionnaire uniform, who viiU 
present each visitor with a bou- 
tonnaire. 

No business sessions have been set 
for Wednesday, opening day, al- 
though conventioneers will sit 
through unreeling of several forth- 
coming Par features at studio dur- 
ing the afternoon. 

Neil F. Agnew, general sales 
chief, will call the convention to 
order Thursday morning. Among 
execs scheduled for brief talks are 
Adolph Zukor, Barney Balaban and 
Stanton Griffis. John W. Hicks, Jr., 
foreign manager, and members of 
his department, will discuss foreign 
selling problems, after which J. J. 
Unger, eastern division sales man- 
ager, will present the 17 members 
of Paramount's 100% club with 
golden circle pins, each bearing the 
initials of the recipient 

Trade Practice Gab 

Final business session Saturday 
afternoon will be given over to dis- 
cussion of trade practices, with only 
district and branch managers in at- 
tendance. Annual banquet will be 
held Saturday evening. at Cocoanut 
Grove. Special train pulls out at 2 
a. m, Sunday (11) for San Francisco, 
for brief stopover at Golden Gate 



exposition, and thence homeward 
bound. 

Entire Cocoanut Grove has been 
taken -over for the banquet Satur- 
day night, with Jack Benny emcee- 
ing a- floor show to' be aired trans- 
contlnentally. 

Paramount starts sevien new pic- 
tures within the next three weeks, 
teeing off tomorrow (Wtfd.) with 
!$1,000 a Touchdown.' 'Death of a 
Champion' and "The World .on 
Parade' roll next day, followed by 
Portrait . In Diamonds,' , 'Dr. Cy- 
clops,' The Light That Failed' and 
'Our Neighbors— the Carters.' 



Gillham's New Ad Ideas 
On Each Paramount Pic 

Paramount this year will attempt 
an experiment in setting up adver- 
tising campaigns and plans on each 
picture scheduled for the 1939-40 
season immediately - following the 
official announcement of the pro- 
gram at the cbnvealion in Los An- 
geles this week. Originating with 
Bob Gillham, advertising-pubUdty 
head, he wiU lay out the campaigns, 
approach, treatment, etc., on all the 
pictures at start of selling season. 

Gillham will hold a convention of 
his own in Hollywood following the 
convention, with men of bis own 
department ^tting in with him to 
discuss the pictures and the adver- 
tising-publicity angles on them. 

Alec Moss, Al Wilkie and others 
from the home office attending the 
sales convention, will remain west 
for the conferences to be called by 
Gillham. Terry DeLapp, Cliff Lew- 
is, and others from the studio will 
attend. 



Ratoff on 'htermezzo'; 
Wyler Busy at Goldwyn 



Hollywood, June 6. 
Gregory Ratoff moved into Selz- 
nlck-Intemational yesterday (Mon.) 
to direct 'Intermezzo,' replacing Wil- 
liam Wyler, previously assigned to 
the Job; 

Delay in completing the script 
caused Wyler to pass up the chore 
because it would interfere with his 
next picture for Samuel Goldwyn, 
He checks in at the home lot July 
1 to start work either on 'Raffles' or 
'Stranger at Home.' 



$350,000 HRE 
TO THEATRE 



£ESSEE TESTDTG HISS SCOTT 

Martha Scott, Broadway ingenue, 
is on the Coast being tested by Sol 
Lesser. Nothing is set, however. ' 

Actress went out to do the part in 
'Our Town' .which she created in 
New York. Show has since folded 
there. 



New York Theatres 



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Opening Thuraday Eveninfl 

"THE MIKADO" 

With KENNY BAKER 



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Clarksburg, W. Va., June 6. 
The Robinson Grand was destroyed 
by fire May 31 resulting in a loss -of 
$350,000: Claud Robinson, the man- 
ager, says the theatre was fully in- 
sured.' 

The blaze originated on the roof 
of the new air conditioning plant on 
which men were working. A mar- 
quee recently erected at a cost of 
$15,000 was saved. 

Robinson was taking a holiday In 
New York but rushed back when in- 
formed of the fire. He announces 
that He will erect a new theatre on 
the site. 

The attractions booked at the Rob- 
inson Grand have been transferred 
to Moore's Opera House, under the 
same management 

Station WBLK had a studio in the 
theatre but aU equipment was re- 
moved from the building and broad- 
casting was resumed within 48 
minutes. 

$8,M« Salt Lake Fire 
Salt Lake City, June 6. 
Workmen this week were, hur- 
riedly refurbishing the Studio whose 
interior was totally destroyed by 
fire. Damage exceeded $8,000, said 
Harry David, v.p. and g.m., of In- 
termoimtain Theatres, Inc., operators 
of the Studio, a downtown 288- 
seater. . Blaze, firemen concluded, 
was caused by either a cigaret or 
match. Theatre officials reported 
that a watchman had gone through 
the building about 3 a'.m. without 
notichig any smoke. Fireman said 
the' blaze must have smoldered for 
hours. 

Sound and projection equipmrat 
was ruined by the intense heat 
Chester Price Is manager. All loss 
covered by insurance, it was the 
first fire to a theatre in the Inter- 
mountain _chain here in more than 
10 years. "House will reopen Utter 
part of June. 

Soea Water Co. for Loss 

Pittsburgh, June 6. 
One of the most unusual suits on 
record was filed here last week 
against the Natrona Water Co. by 
John G. Rainey, of Pittsburgh, as re- 
sult of the fire which destroyed the 
interior of a cinema he operated on 
Garfield avenue in February, 1938. 
According to Rainey, it was a blaze 
that could easily have been put out 
without serious damage, but proved 
costly only because of insufficient 
water supply. Rainey charges he 
paid Natrona a sizable monthly rate, 
for this sort of protection ' and that 
he suffered severe loss because the 
corpoi'ation failed to live up to the 
terms of its contract 

In the damage action, he asks for 
the $15,000 he claimed was his actual 
loss. • 




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Romantic! 
ExcitingI 

'TELL NO TALES" 

.villi ilETA-YN DOUGLAS 

LihSSlSfy "6000 ENEMIES' 




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|S-««r«Ml4S«rM Ut< Shew 11:30 pn Nlilitly| 

ROBERT DONAT in 

''Goodbye Mr. Chips" 

I with Ontt Oartoa— An M-G-U Hit! 



New Pennsy Censor an Ex-Exhib; 
Theatres-Exdiai^es in Shifts 



Pittsburgh, June 6. 

John C. Fisher, just named to 
Pennsylvania board of censors by 
Gov. James, is first practical show- 
man to nab such a post in this state 
in years. Fisher was city nianager 
for WB in Sharon, Pa„ for years and 
also operated houses for various cir- 
cuits hi Meadville, Ridgeway, Titus- 
viUe and Youngstown, O. He's a 
nephew of former. Gov. Fisher of 
Pennsylvania. 

Practically all of Film Row jour- 
neyed to Morgantown, W. Va., Mon- 
day (5) for the testimonial dinner to 
George Sallows and George Cuomu- 
nitz, celebratipg their silver anniver- 
sary as exhibitors. U. S. Senator 
Neely and Gov. Holt of W. Va., were 
other guests of honor. 

Frank Barr, former assistant at 
the Menlo, in nearby Charleroi, Pa., 
named manager of State, Wilkins- 
burg; both houses owned by Leon 
Reichblum. 



$5«,006 Theatre Fire 

Pocatello, Idaho, June 6. 
The old Auditorium, owned by N. 
B. Grossman, damaged $50,000 by 
fire. 



How Do I Sound? 

Hollywood, June 6. 

John Davidson, British actor who 
came here to appear in pictures, is 
heard but not seen in 'Miracles for 
Sale' at Metro. 

He plays an important role as an 
off-screen voice. 



IntersUte Shifts 

Dallas, June 6. 

Charles Meeker, Interstate man- 
ager, east at State, Amarlllo, named 
assistant to James O. Cherry, Dallas 
Interstate city manager, 

Charles Snyder, in charge of nabes 
here, to Amarillo to manage the 
Capitol. 

Agnew Prliewiniiers 

Pacific Coast and midwest sales 
turned out best in the 13-week Neil 
F.' Agnew drive for Paramount 
George A. Smith, commanding tiie 
Pacific Coast exchanges, grabbed first 
prize for his district while Ralph C. 
LiBeau, Kansas City, over the mid- 
west territory, placed second. 

Albert Mendenhall (Omaha), John 
T. Howard (Detroit) and Chester J. 
Bell (Denver) ran 1-2-3 among the 
branch managers, while salesmen 
were headed by I. G. White, Los 
Aiigeles, first: R. Rubin. Omaha, 
second, and J. Wilcox, Salt Lake 
City, third, 

Wendall Overturf, Omaha, came 
out first on ad sales, Selby Carr, 
Minneapolis, running second and 
James NicoU, New Orleans, third. 
Cash prizes given. 

Benton-Reade Add 2 

Saratoga Springs, N. Y., June 6. 
The Palace, one of the city's three 
picture houses was sold. May 26, to 
William E. Benton and Walter Reade, 
who also operate the Congress and 
Community in this city. 

Frudenteld Hps 

Cincinnati, June 6. 
CoL Arthur Frudenfeld, assistant 
general manager of RKO theatres in 
southwestern Ohio, last week ad- 
vanced to chief barker of Variety 
Club. Tent No. 3, succeeding Joe 
Uul^an, Paramount exchange man- 
ager. Latter filled the spot since 
Jan. 1 of last year and resigned due 
to press of biz. Jim Grady, local 
20th-Fo5t chief, and Paul Krleger, 
Universal's Cincy manager, moved 
up as assistant chief barkers. 

Craver-Little Take Over 
Charlotte, N. C, June 6. 

A. B. Craver and Thomas A. Little 
haye become sole owners of the 
Visulite, nabe, having bought the 
stock owned by the Hofheimer inter- 
ests of Norfolk, Va. Craver was prin- 
cipal stockholder under old arrange- 
ment, serving as v.p. and general 
manager, wi<ih Jeff Hofheimer of 
Norfolk as prexy. 

Little will be prexy imder new 
setup, with Craver as secretary- 
treasurer and general manager. Pres- 
ent policies will be continued. The- 
atre opened Feb. 10, 193B. 

nieatre Fraud Snit 

Syracuse, N. Y., June 6. 

Charging fraud to defeat creditors. 
Smith Chain l^heatres. Inc., has filed 
suit against the K. & G. Theatrical 
Enterprises, Inc., former owners of 
the ELDwood theatre here. Four in- 
dividuals are named as defendants 
along with the corporation. 

The plaintiff has a judgment for 
$3,956 against the defendants on a 
series of defaulted notes and claims 
that in March, 1938, the defendants 
e.xecuted a mortgage on the propier^ 
to Jenn:e Kornbbte of Binghamton 
and that this was either kept secret 
or was made subsequent to the 
judgment for the purpose of de- 
frauding creditors until October, 
1938. 



Justice William F. Love authorizes 
refunds «n 1937 and 1938 city and 
county taxes. 

Winnipeg Moves 

Winnipeg, June 6. 
Bob Rennle, of Vitagraph, in from 
Toronto for hooking. 

O. B. O'Brien, of Warners, just 
left 

Leo Adler, United auditor, . just 
blew in from the west. 

Dave Briclunan, manager, and 
Russ Simpson, booker, both to Para* 
mount convention. Will be away 
two weeks. 

Jimmy Carey, of Columbia, hand- 
ing around the rope. It's a girl. 

Leo Feinstein, in and then - out 
again. This time for Calgary. 

Izzie Relnhorn and Frank Hastings 
in from Regina.for a session of book- 
ing. 

Frank Ker^aw, Famous Players, 
down east . 

Paramoiut office second in All- 
Canadian drive. 

' Jake Miles, head of Western thea- 
tres, expected back any day from 
east 



'CHM' TUBNS COWBOT 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Sidney Toler takes temporary 
leave of Charlie Chan to support 
William Boyd in Harry Sherman's 
Hopalong Cassidy picture, 'Argen' 
tina,' at Paramoimt . 

Production starts June 15 on loca< 
tion at Lone Pine 



Newhall Shifts 

Rochester, N. Y., June 6. 

Allan Newhall, city manager tor 
Warner Bros, in Hornell, N. Y., for 
last thr^ years, transferred to 
Jamestown and Dunkirk. William 
Leggerlo, manager of Keeney and 
Regent Ehnira, takes over. 

Forrest W. Taylor of Worcester, 
Mass., and the Ransom F. Taylor 
estate won an assessment slash of 
$128,840 on the Embassy here and 
two adjoining properties in a com- 

Sromise agreement following trial of 
le issues involved. Assessment on 
the- three parcels totaled $535,120. 
An order signed by Supreme Court 



Cameo Property Sold 

Atlanta, June 6. 
Properly housing Cameo, down- 
town inidie, was sold last week by 
Mrs. John S. Cohen to Samuel C. 
Dobbs for $119,250, Theatre is un- 
der lease xo Cameo Theatre Co., 
operated by George Wllby & Asso- 
clates, until 1049 at $1,050 ner month. 

Empress* Facelift 

Spokane, June 6. - 
The Empress, oldest theatre here, 
modernized and renovated by H. A. 
Black, ve'teran Seattle showman, 
who bought the house from Ronald 
Camp. 



Astor Absorbs Selected 

Los Angeles, ^ufie 6. 
Astor Film Co. of Southern Call- 
f. rnia took over .Selected Pictures 
exchange, with Lou Goldstein in 
charge and Bill Kohler as sales man- 
ager. 



Dole's City M'e'rsUp 
. Oldahoma City, June 6. 

Gerry Doig, formerly maintenance 
superintendent for K. Lee Williams 
Theatres, Inc, has been named city 
manager at Broken Bow, Okla., 
where the circuit operates three 
houses. He retains his ownership of 
a theatre in ' Minnesota. 

Jack Blair, son of Tom Blair, Grif- 
fith official who died in 1937, has 
been named new manager of the 
Pine, Dierks, Ark., another Williams 
house. 



DARING $500 HOLDUP 
IN McKEESPORT, PA. 



Pittsburgh, June 6. 
One of biggest holdups in years 
around here was staged by two 
masked bandits last week when they 
stuck up the Harris Memorial the- 
atre In McKeesport, a Warner houses 
and got away with more than $500. 
Lou Fordan, the manager, fired 
three shots at the fleeing robbers, 
but none of the bullets found its 
mark. 

The robbers waylaid the assistant 
manager, Joseph Tooth, and the 
cashier, Catherine Myers, who were 
taking the night's receipts in an iron, 
box from the ticket booth to thn 
executive office on the balcony. 
When the bandits stepped in front 
of the two and commanded them to 
hand .over the .cash. Miss Myers 
made a dash for the manager's of- 
fice and screamed for help. 

Fordan grabbed a gun, rushed 
through the deserted lobby and fired 
three times at the fleeing bandits. 
Whole thing was a revival .of the 
wave of boxoflice banditry that's 
plagued Pittsburgh theatres for the 
past six months. Two have already 
been sent up for long prison terms 
but holdups have slackened only 
very little as a result 



$435 Stioknp 

Philadelphia, June 6. 
Burglars broke into the manager's 
office of the Fern Rock theatre here 
last week and made off with all the 
Memorial Day receipts. They took 
a can containing $435 from the desk 
of Herb Elliott, op of the house. 



Onliwon Paper Towels 

ECONOMY WASHROOM SERVICE 

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VTednesdayt June 7, 1939 



RADIO 



VARIETY 



17 



NAME BANDS' RADIO SPURT 



OPPORTUNITY ICXOCES 



Framers of a proposed code for the radio industry are having 
iough going. Draft has been rewritten innumerable times to 
date and is still far from a satisfactory document to the various 
viewpoints. NBC and CBS each have contrary conceptions of 
the amount of time that should be the outside limit on commer- 
cial copy. Local stations in some cases think the netvvorks 
aren't tough enough on advertisers and in other cases are tein- 
perameiitally opposed to any curbs whatever. 

It is widely feared that any effort to straddle, pussyfoot or 
fail to bravely meet the issues will have a terrific reaction 
against the industry. This assumes double sharpness because 
'expectations' have been aroused, publicity has solicited from 
the critics of the industry a tolerant attitude on the plea the 
business was about to emerge with a code well-fitted with a 
sturdy set of biters. 

The effort to swing the N.A.B. away from a forthright, clear- 
cut and forceful statement in favor of a hem-and-haw master- 
piece, full of piety and wind, has caused some alarm among 
well-wishers of the industry who foresee a monumental blunder 
being built up on sheer stubborness and lack of imagination. 
They see the industry possibly damned by its own action as 
lacking in social consciousness or any realistic sense of the 
criticism to which it is subject. 

If the industry demonstrates a capacity for self-regulation, 
the Government and the" critics will be set back. There may 
even be some chance of getting a three-year license, that yum- 
yum dream of the business. But if empty words, vague affirm- 
ations not accompanied by substantial proof of sincerity, are all 
that the mountain— after long labor— produces, the horse-laugh, 
it is expected, will reverberate from coast to coast. 

Self-regulation will stand or fall by the. actions, not the cheap 
.words, of a code. The industry has a beautiful opportunity to 
out-flank its enemies, to stifle much of the adverse comment, 
to throw the isupercilious crowd for a real loss. But if they 
convict themselves of contemptuous disregard for opinion they 
yill strengthen every 'I told you so' chorus in the land. 

Specifically the adoption of code clauses with lower standards 
than those already in force will certainly react unfavorably; 



SET COMBOS 
GET 





After a Lapse, the Musical 
Units Are Once More 
Prominent— 15 Network 
Programs Essentially Or< 
chestra Entertainment 

PLUS FREELANCES 



CBS-WORLD 
DEAL MAY BE 
RE-HEATED 



Columbia may again resume ne- 
gotiations lor the purchase ol the 
World Broadcasting System within 
the coming month. It's been dicker- 
ing with the RCA Manufacturing Co. 
tor recording equipment, but mean- 
while the networks' heads have de- 
veloped some ideas that may be suc- 
cessful in overcoming the licensing 
complications which caused aban- 
donment of the World buy last 
April. 

Network officials recently re- 
opened the World deal l)Ut after 
several talks it was decided to put 
the thing back on lee for a while. 

TRADLERIZE SUBSTITUTE 
ON HOPFS BOW-OFF 

Pepsodent will use five minutes 
of Bob Hope's final broadcast of the 
season, June 20, for a trailer of his 
vacation substitute, 'District Attor- 
ney." 

' Dramatic bit will be cut into the 
program from New York. 



Faulkner Resnmes 



George Faullmer has resumed as 
alaff scriptist fjr the J. Walter 
Thompson agency. No program as- 
signment has been carved out for 
him as yet. 

Faulkner went on a leave of ab- 
sence a couple months ago' and has 
since been wavering between going 
■oack to Thompson and striking out 
*s a freelance sketch writer. 



Woodbury Buys Tamily' 
Series From TransamerlQ 
Janney lo, Vincent Directs 



Woodbury Soap starts a script se- 
rial. The Waring Family,' In the 
Friday evening (7:45-8) spot on CBS 
July 7. Leon Janney will head the 
cast 

Show, formerly tagged 'Richard 
the Great,' was bought from the 
Transamerican Broadcasting 8c Tele- 
vision Corp. Chick Vincent, of the 
letter's staff, will produce, and Len- 
nen & Mitchell, agency on the ac- 
count, will supervise. Hookup will 
consist of 36 stations. 



BERGENJO RELAX 

Fortnight Best For Tonsils Promised 
In Aogust 



Edgar Bergen will likely bow out 
of the Chase ,& Sanborn Coffee show 
for a couple of weeks in August If 
the plan now under discussion goes 
through it will be his first vacation 
from radio since Dec. 16, 1936, when 
he made his first appearance on the 
Rudy Vallee-Standard Brands show: 

It is also Intended to make it easy 
for him on the two preceding pro- 
grams by having his participation 
confined to a single brief spot 



Coca-Cola Spreads Disks 



Coca-Cola is spreading its Singing 
Sam transcriptions to a constantly 
increasing list of stations. Now has 
around 150 and the number will 
probably go to 175 markets. Waxes 
are part of advertising cooperative 
deals made with zone bdttlers under 
the Coca-Cola franchise. 

The singer (Harry Frankel) comes 
to New York from his home in In- 
diana every two weeks and records 
10 platters at the World studios 
Victor Arden orchestra .backs him 
up. 



Organized, name bands are again 
on the upswing in a big way as far 
as employment by network adver- 
tisers is concerned. This tribe of 
entertainers is slated to hold more 
commercial spots this summer than 
ever before In the history of net- 
worlf radio. There will t>e 15 pro- 
grams whose exclusive or major ap- 
peal will depend on such name 
dalice aggregations. In addition to 
these the commercial schedules will 
contain freelance combinations of 
the dance type under the wing of 
such maestros as Johnny Green 
(Philip Morris), Mark Wamow 
(Lucl^ Strike) and Peter Van 
Steeden (Bristol-Myers). 

A notable corollary to the aliove 
situation is the circumstance that 
for the first time in eight years a 
name dance unit will occupy five 
quarter-hour spots across the board 
a week for a commercial. It's the 
Fred ' Warlng-Chesterfleld series 
which starts June 19. Lucky Strike 
is considering doing something along 
the same lines, having already made 
Inquiries involving. Glehn Miller. 

Of the following programs that 
center on name dance units two of 
them, Fitch Bandwagon and Show 
of the Week (Mutual-Co-operative), 
have a weekly guest policy: , 

Artie. Shavo.. Old Gold 

Larry Clinton .Sensation '. 

Tommy Dorset/ Raleigh 

Guy Lombardo Lady Esther 

Paul Whiteman Ches(er/i«Id 

. Fred . Waring ..Chesfer/ield 

Bennv GoodTnan Camel 

Bob Crosby ; Camel 

Kay Kyser Lucky Strike 

Matty Molnecfc. Pall Mall 

Richard Himber Studebaker 

Horace Heldt Turn* 

Hal Kemp Griffin 

Fitch Bandwagon 
• Show of the Week 

(Raymond Paige, U. S. Tire, is not 
ranked as a dance band.) 



Herb Moore Scoffs Rumor; 
WHO Bureau Was Pro Tem 
While Iowa Sokms Met 



Herbert Moore, head of Trans- 
radio Press Service, scouted as base- 
less Monday (5) the report that his 
organization was going in for sweep- 
ing retrenchment. Moore said that 
It sounded to him as though a com- 
petitive service had used an incident 
in Des Moines as a cue to spread 
this rumor. He referred to the clos- 
ing down of Transradio's special bu- 
reau in tliat Iowa city. 

Moore explained that the bureau 
had been set up as WHO's request 
for additional coverage of the Iowa 
legislature and that when the leijis- 
lature adjourned and WHO no long- 
er required this service there was 
no need of continuing the office. 



AFRA Boon to Efficiency 



Entry of the American Federation of Radio Actors has proved of 
much benefit to the commercial end of the industry, according to tha 
radio director of an ad agency which rates among the first, five agen- 
cies in talent expenditures. In his opinion the operation of the scale 
and rehearsal provisions of the AFRA contract has tended not only to 
raise the efficiency of radio departments in agencies all along the line 
but to make better business men of radio department heads; 

What has particularly impressed this agency exec in his dealings 
with AFRA officials is the la'tteir's practice of making quick decisions. 
An agency learns immediately what it may or may not do. ' 



Will Arbitrate If Commish-^Deduction 
On Minimums Makes an Under Scale' 



'Valiant' Indeed 



The Valiant' which was origi- 
nally a short story and has since 
served Bert Lytell as a vaude- 
ville sketch, a stage play and a 
film, will now round out the 
cycle. 

He does it tonight (7) over 
NBC television In New York. 



SEASON OLDER, 
MORE TDNE-IN 
BASEBAIi 



Percentage of baseball listeners in 
the New York area took a huge 
jump during the month of May. 
C. E. Hooper, Inc., which last week 
completed its third survey of the 
season, found that almost 50% of 
the sets tuned in were on baseball 
stations. A survey conducted by the 
same research organization in April 
showed but 31%; Latest inquiry 
also disclosed that the number of 
sets In use had meantime gone up 
appreciably, with the credit for this 
going to baseball, In April the sets 
on during the period surveyed, 3:30 
to 5 p.m., figured 15%. 

In the latest check WABC and 
WOR came out about even as to 
their drawing power of bsiseball 
listeners. In the original Inquiry 
WOR had 17% to WABC's 12.2%, 
while WHN, which also carries the 
Brooklyn Dodgers games, rated 
1.5%. WABC is aligned with the 
N.Y. Giants and Yankees events. 

Co-operative Analysis of Broad- 
casting is currently doing a similar 
survey but strictly tor the sponsors 
and agencies behind these New York 
baseball broadcasts.. The accounts 
are General Mills, Procter Ac Gamble 
and Socony. 



LUCmS, PET MILK 
SHIPr SATURDAY TIME 



Lucky Strike Hit Parade, now on 
at 10-10:45 p.m. Saturday nights, 
will, move to 9-9:45 on CBS. July 8. 
It had tentatively agreed, to take the 
8-8:45 stretch the same night but 
lat^r figured that it was too early 
for middlewest listeners. 

Shift will mean that Pet Milk's 
Saturday night Serenade will have 
to move back a quarter hour, the 
new time being 9:45-10:15 p.m. 



WJR STAYS CBS 



Matter SeUIcd By Blchards. Flfopat- 
rlck Before Former's Trip to Hawaii 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Station WJR, Detroit stays with 
Columbia, This decision was made 
over the week-end at the Beverly 
Hills home of Dick Richards with 
Leo Fitzpatrick, executive v. p. of 
the station, here for huddles that in- 
cluded a delegation from CBS head- 
ed by Meff Runyan and Herb Aker- 
berg and calls from Niles Trammel, 
head rhan of NBC. 

WJR has a full year to go on orig- 
inal five-year pact with CBS and 
even longer on WGAR, Cleveland 
but the doctors have ordered Rich- 
ards to take a long vacation In HonO' 
lulu so that the need to be com- 
pletely free of major decisions 
prompted the closing at this time. 



Frank Fenton's Position 

Frank S. Fenton has been pro- 
moted to executive assistant to the 
president of the Texas State Net- 
work in charge of the New York 
and Chicago offices. 

The regional is taking larger of- 
fice space in Radio City. 



Dispute between, the American 
Federation of Radio Artists and NBC 
regarding commissions on minimum 
performer fees for sustaining pro* 
grams is slated for decision by th* 
American Arbitration Assn. ^o dat* 
has been set for the hearing, but It 
will probably' be in a week or two. 

Union contends that under Its sus- 
talning contract with tpe networks 
all fees are the absolute minimum, 
with no commissions deductible that 
would bring the amounts below the 
specified figure. Network artist 
bureau seeks to collect commissions 
on minimum fees as well as on deals 
for a higher figure. Since the ma- 
jority of contracts are for the mini- 
mum scale, eliminating the commis- 
sion on them would drastically cur- 
tail the agency earnings. 

Arbitration of the question Is In 
conformity with the terms of the 
contract which states that all dis- 
putes not settled by conference must 
be referred to the American Arbi- 
tration Assn., whose decision shall 
be final. CBS and Mutual artist 
bureaus are not directly involved la 
the matter, but are watching devel- 
opments. 

Musicians union has long held that 
'under scale' included deals whers 
the gross figure was insufficient to 
absorb commission. This has been 
a prime point of theatrical unionism. 



Wants N. T. Closed Shop 

American Federation of Radio 
Artists has begun to press New 
York independent stations to secure 
closed shops. Negotiations wer« 
started last week between WMCA, 
N> Y., and the union. While WMCA 
is the first and only small station 
approached so far, others will fol- 
low. No agreement on a contract 
has yet been reached. AFRA rates 
WMCA, WNEW, and WHN In tha 
'B' class, directly beneath the four 
net outlets which ,have already 
agreed to AFRA contracts. Other 
indies are In Class 'C 

Union contracts for many of tho 
smallies may mean the elimination 
of many sustaining shows, with th« 
possible' substitution of more re- 
cordings. Most operate on a budget 
which doesn't allow sblnimum sala- 
ries, and most prograins air on the 
cuff as far as actors, are concerneX 



AFRA BLASTS 
AIR SCHOOLS 



Hollywood^ June 6. 

Removal of radio school students 
from competition with commercial 
performers is the aim of a new plan 
drafted for the American Federation 
of Radio Artists by a committe* 
headed by Attorney I.. B. Kornblum. 
Plan is similar to that devised by 
Actors Equity for control of. th» 
Little Theatre situation. 

Move is aimed at wildcat radio 
schools which supply non-paid per- 
formers to indie broadcasters, re- 
gardless of ability, at the same timo 
giving listeners the belief that the 
amateurs are regular paid actors and 
members of AFRA. New plan is to 
give every encouragement to legiti- 
mate radio schools, with regulations 
for the protection of professionals. 



19 VAmrr 



RADIO 



Wc&esdaj, June 7, 1939 



ItADIO IS NOT AS BAD AS YOU TW, 
SPEAKERS ASSURE WRITERS' CONCLAVE 



Wylie, Titterton Talk— Samples of Radio Playwrit- 
ing Given by Various Audiors — Book Stores 
Encouraged to Stock Waxed Programs 



By BOB LANDBT 

Ol 3,000 people who write for radio 
only five -among the successful ones 
are .whoUy and originally radlo-de> 
veloped writers. So declared Max 
Wylie, director of script and conti- 
nuity of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System, in speaking Saturday (3) 
at the radio session of the American 
Writers' Congress which held its 
third annual convention in New 
Yorlc over the weekend. Wylle said 
^ flv« successful radio . writers 
without prior literary experience 
were Arch Oboler, Charles Cassal, 
Irving Reis, Vic Knight and Milton 
Geiger. . 

This statement was one of several 
inrovocatiye remarks made by vari- 
ous speakera. Lewis Titterton of 
NBC made a plea for the flve-a-week 
dramatic ^layUme serial as not as bad 
as their reputation, and requiring a 
fairly high order of craftsmanship. 
Such entertainment, he suggested, 
should he judged In relation to what 
lt.aim6'to be and how well it achieves 
that purpose. It was necessarily a 
simple form of writing, being essen- 
tially stoiy-telling hy dialog, but not 
to be scorned on that account 

Ibe writers convention learned 
that in connection with Columbia's 
summer festival of 'Workshop' re- 
vivals, original works by famous au- 
tiiors are also sought Negotiations 
see in progress with John Steinbeck, 
CUflord Odets, Iiord Dunsany, and 
ntfaer established Uterateurs. An 
anthology of 'Workshop* radio scripts 
soon to be published by McGraw- 
JGIl and an annual Bums ISantle- 
like 'year's -besf of. broadcast play- 
lets were mentioned as proof of the 
new and growing dignity of radio 
wxiting. 'niere was a steady leit- 
motif of 'radio isn't as bad as you 
Qiink' running through tite whole 
■meeting. 

The fleeting character of broad- 
casts was described as unnecessarily 
onphasized by the scribbling profes- 
sion. In any event it now seems, 
Iflcely that this will be offset 
ndio programs are soon to be given 
Vetmanence by recording tiiem on 
wax and selling them. It was sug- 
■ested ttiat people who buy books 
and symphonic music were prospec' 
tive customers to purchase and cher 
Ish superior examples of radio 
material. 

Baek Fabs Interested 

Book publl^ers rather th'an 
jdioaagra^ dlistrll^utore wet« re- 
ported as interested in stocking re- 
cordings of radio literary gems. 
Quite a number have already been 
vexed. Some S0.000 public schools 
'and liOOO colleges are equipped, it 
was stated, to handle radio programs 
In the shellached state of preserva 
tion, and there are 350 organized 
ndio guilds in educational centres 
aomund the country. 

Censorship, the writers were told 
was not the bijgaboo it was often 
represented. It was a matter of how, 
not wha^ was saidi Both Wylie and 
Titterton, Va.e principal speakers 
stressed this and others alluded to it 
in passing. Alfred Kreymborg, the 
poet, reproduced a program of his 
«ntlMTship that was broadcast on 
NBC -shortly after Munich. In the 
Iform of a poetic dialog between an 
' .ape, a gorilla, an ourang-outang and 
a chimpanzee, the latter with a thick 
British accent a scathing Satire of 
Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and 
Chamberlain -waf projected. There 
could lie n« mistaking the double 
.entendre and Kreymborg quite 
• frankly avowed the Intent 

Titterton spoke of the various 
American playwrights whose works 
were adapted by NBC Words like 
'wop' «r 'nigger' were -automatic 
buttons turning on emotional taboos. 
There was some danger always from 
careless listening. People heard only 
a phrase and stupidly tore its con- 
text to claim 'you've insulted our 
tace-^r religion— or pi^rty— or state 
—or whathaveyou.' Nevertheless with 
delicacy, common sense and crafts- 
mansiiip radio could and did broad- 
cast, without any essential change, 
Oie big scenes of big powerful plays. 

Ilie Actor's View 
Part of the three-hour Saturday 
afternoon session (held In the New 
School of Social Research) was in 
tbe form -of a roundtable presided 



over by H. V. Kaltenbom and broad- 
cast by CBS. Jerry Danzig of Mu- 
tinl, Phillip Coiian of the Bureau 
of Education, Evan Roberts of the 
Federal Radio Theatre, Wj^ie^ Tit- 
terton, Oboler and John . Brown, 
AFRA vice-president, spoke. Brcwn, 
giving the actor's view, suggested 
that the advertising sales c<my todc 
care of the commercial end and good 
radio programs did not constitute an 
impediment to effective merchan- 
dizing. People, he thou^t, woUM 
actually prefer flrst-nte to fourtti- 
rate writing. He apologized for such 
a daring suggestion. 

Norman Corwln's blast against the 
fascist gloriacatton of aeroptaae 
bombings as Ijeautlful' was ex- 
cerpted : by the author. This 
yarn, They Fly Through The Air 
With The Greatest of Ease,' won the 
Ohio State award recently. It 
wasn't herd to understand why. 
Even in exceipt it was a dramatic 
rip-saw. "Plnoochio' from a Federal 
series- was also sampled by Robert 
L. Shayon of WOR. William Rob- 
son's transcription 'No Help Wanted' 
was descril>ed as not yet presented 
in America <with a hint it was too 
hot). It was shipped overseas to 
BBC in England- (was reviewed 
April 17 by Vahiety's London oCFioe). 
It glorifles the WPA. Ivan Black 
presided during the technique dem- 
onstrations. 

Later the convention voted 'Aii 
Raid,' by Archibald Mac Leisfa the 
outstanding radio work of the year. 

The laugh of the meeting occurred 
during Arch Oboler% session illus- 
trating 'stream of consciousness' writ- 
ing for radio, fbt one auQientic radio 
contribution, in his opinion. &imple 
given was of tlie thoughts of. a man 
contemplating suicide. Oboler 
stopped the record after a few min- 
utes and went on with his -talk 
whereupon, some time later, Donald 
Ogden Stewart stood up in the back 
of the auditorium and said, 'Please, 
Mr. Oboler, did the man commit 
sucide?' 



Anmal Awards? 



Following last weekfs Writers 
Congress in New York a com- 
mitfee will -vproach tte Pu- 
litzer and Guggenheim Foimda- 
tkms with a view to interesting 
either ]n making anmal cash 
awards to encourage and rec- 
ognize superior radio writing. 

Radio, of course, did not exist 
when Pulitzer set up his awards 
to stage, book and newsprint 



fimsm-IHYERS' 

sumffiRraAL 



Kelp Hv Ne^hki' b 



If KoialiM Pnctid 



Sristol-Myers will doid>Ie up Its 
two NBC shows in the Wednesday 
spot (9-10 pjn.) for 13 'wc«ks start- 
ing July 'S. The summer filler-inner 
tot IVed Allen, 'What's My Name?' 
win occupy the first half h^ur in be- 
half of Ipana, .Sal Hepatica and 
M&utrub ,and the second half will 
be taken over by 7«r Men Only' 
(Vitalis). Latter stanza is currently 
on Tuesday nights. 

Account has an option for a half 
hour into which 'Men Only* could 
move this fall with both NBC and 
Columbia. At present the show has 
^formation, Please' and the Dick 
Powell-Parkyakarkas-Martha Baye 
combination as opposition and the 
sponsor doesn't want to return to 
this situation. 



Ruthrauff tc Ryan is still mulling 
over the underwriting of the "Help 
Thy Neighbor' program, currently 
on the Don Ice N^worfc. It's an 
audience participation show on 
which the unemployed tell their 
storiM and listeners plione in offer- 
ing jobs. 

Problem -which has the agency 
wrinkling its brows is how the pro- 
gram's point of origin could be con- 
veniently and effectively shifted 
around the country. 



Monris Prflgnons, 
CohoUa and ftdnal, 
Frm SaM CSS StaiQ 



'Broezing Alonfc' the Philip Mor- 
ris e-to^SiiSO Friday night series over 
Mutual, will move to the C^)lumbia 
Playhouse, N. Y., beginning June 
30. At the same time, the same 
sponsor's 'Johnny Presents^ series 
S;30-to^ Saturday nights over CBS 
will be shifted' forward a- nl^t and 
will originate right after 'Breeein.' 
Thus both the Mutual and CBS 
stanzas will originate in fhe.Co- 
Ivunbia playhouse, airing on suoces- 
-sive half -hours, but over different 
networks'. 

Both programs are variety shows 
and use virtually the same casts, 
with Johnny Green's orchestra. 

Philip Morris also bankrolU a 
Tuesday night show over NBC, but 
that win remain as is. Biow Is the 
agency. 



■abcveld Co. are now participat- 
ing with -other sponsors in Radio 
NoimandyH '(Country Home Bioar.' 
Product advertised is Plovex Roof 
Felting, and agency who placed the 
-contracts is F. E. Potter, Ltd. 



Lev^ Records d Pr^irams 



From Ae Production Centers 



IN NEW YORK.. 



Because of the stiff objections in- 
terposed by Columbia, Lever Bros, 
has abandoned the idea of placing 
disc versions of some of its -CBS' 
shows on I^BK, the McCl^tchy 
Group's Sacramento outlet which is 
nffiHatod with NBC Another -soap 
combine, Colgate-PalmoUve-Peet, is 
carrying three of its CBS programs 
on WMT. Waterloo, also an NBC af- 
filiate, despite a similar case of 
frowning on Columbia's part The 
trio, an cleared through Benton St 
Bowles, are Myrt "h' Marge, "Pretty 
Kitty Kelly' and 'Hill ToiTHouse.' 

Lever Bros, elected noc to take a 
chance on a law suit Pahnolive, it 
Is understood, has been idemniAed 
against any sudi possible litigation 
by the. Cowles family, which oper- 
ates the Iowa Broadcasting System 
and otiier stations. NBC's contract 
on WMT has a year to go, but it is 
report^ that the 0>wles family has 
signatured an affiliation contract, ef- 
fective with the expiration «f the 



NBC agreement McClatchy .denies 
tiie report that it has worked out a 
similar - prop osition with CBS as af- 
fecting KFBK. 

'Gentlemen's Aereementrr 

NBC and CSS have, according to 
the impression in the trade, a gentle- 
man's agreement they will not feed 
commercial programs to the aOOtate 
of the other; nor wHI they allow one 
-of their affiliates to broadcast the 
other web's shows. This theory of 
network identity between them had 
been kept intact until the WMT- 
Palmolive deal. 

Lever Brosj is considering going 
in for a big spot campaign this fall 
to supplement its C&S coveraige. It 
would prefer using disc versions of 
its network shows but ttie problem 
t^ing tlte account is how to avoid 
having to broadcast such transcribed 
programs two or three wedcs after 
their live network version. Palm- 
olive last year dropped its spot list 
because it found that this sort of 
lag didn't produce click results. 



Elizabeth Black, who is leaving Ruthrauff tt Ryan, goes to Joseph Ka(z 
advertising agency, not the (Eugene) Katz Agency, newspaper and station 
reps. . . . Larry Menken will l)e Fred Waring's radio production aide on 
the new Chesterfield series. ... Glenn Miller had an American-Tobacco 
exec on hand at Glen Island casino. . . . American Writers Congress held 
a buU-sesh on radio Saturday at the New School of Social Research. , . . 
Horn tc Hardart kiddies now 10:30-11:30 on WEAF Sunday mornings. . . . 
Charley (leines «f World BroadoasUbng milk-dieting. . . . Sheldon Stark, 
who recently went to WXYZ, Detroit, to write in the King-Trendle factory 
got the news Saturday from his wife. . . , it's a girl. . . , 

McNally and Ryan televize for NBC tonight . . . Helen Bennett is vice- 
postmaster on Westinghouse Expo radio show . . . ^Ich means assistant 
emcee , . . Johnny Johnstone, WOR, off 'to England today on Queen Mary 
to return on Mauretania for dear old special -events and f.f. ... Ed East 
too busy with several programs so .giving up Westchester Country club 
to live in Manhattan again . . . Jean Paul King back from Florida living 
0(1 his cruiser in Long Island sound , . . New York visitors include Wil- 
liam Winter of WBi:, Charlotte. 

. Dorothy Parker and Donald Ogden Stewart guest Friday night (0) on 
'Author, Author* over Mutual . . . 'Hawaii Galls,' short-waved from 
KGMB, Honolulu, is again picked up by Mutual beginning June 24 . . . 
Helen Brooks, leglter, tliis week joined tlie cast of 'John's Other Wife' 
over NBC red . . . Elliott Roosevelt will be the only radio commentator 
to attend the White House reception and the Hyde Park party for King 
George-and Queen Mary— he says he has an-in.' 

'Musical Steelmakers^ troupe wiU air tlteir filial show of the season 
June .25 from New York and will also participate in West Virginia day 
at the World's Fair — sign-off program wiU originate in the Court of Peace 
on the Fair grounds, with' 10,000 tickets being distributed . . . Eddy 
Ducfain will be the final band June 18 on ^Sbow of the Week' before it 
goes off Mutual for the summer ... Dr. Charles M. Courboin will con- 
duct a summer course in organ-playing at Peabody Conservatory of 
Music, Baltimore. 

Mann Holiner, radio director for Lennen & Mitchell, who returned from 
Hollywood Monday (5) will himself produce the Sei^tioh cigaret series 
with Lany Clinton. Program debuts on the NBC red (WEAF) link July 3 
. . . .Nora Stirling, the former Mary of Mary and Bob in the True Stories 
series, currently occupied with writing the 'Meet Miss Judith' serial for 
Stance, acting in 'Aunt Jenny' (Lever Bros.) and helping Ed East to write 
and produce his new program. 



INHOUYWOOD... 



Lud Criuskin set for the fall as lifebuoy musical director . . . Claire 
Trevor will be missing when 'Big Town* takes up its Fall stand . . . 
Grouch Club broadcast July 16 will be from Hollywood Bowl, wiiere 
25,000 coast grocers and .their customers will see the program and supple- 
mental flesher. Believed first time network commercial airing al fresco 
from here . .' . Lux takes , its summer sabatical from July 10 to Sept. 11 
. . , .Ted Jardine of Walter Thompson office called here by mother's ill- 
ness . . . Owen Crump directing shorts at Warners wtien not producing 
''Grouch Club' . . . Somebody is always partying the Ctiase & Sanborn 
cast Last weekend it was Dorothy Lamour's turn . . . Frank Morgan 
had a birthday, .so be got a cake at the 'GooA News' broadcast John 
Nicholson of General Foods keeps tabs on all such ceremonials . . . Joe 
Parker, NBC director, took the boys for plenty when Lou Nova smeared 
up. Maxle Baer. Nova is bis cousin . . . That mustache Jerry Colonna 
sports is no prop . . . Britishers iiere in pictures and radio will give their 
King and Queen a radio salute June 11 . . . Lloyd Yoder do-yvn from 
Frisco for weekend sesh with Headmen Niles Tcammell and Don Gilman 
. . . Harry Anderson, former NK coast sales chief, now with Barton 
Stebbins :agency downtown . . , Walter Tetley back east to needle his old 
boss, Fred Allen . . . Last HSateway to Hollywood' broadcast of current 
series' wiU air from Des Moines, where RKO preems the winning kidK* 
picture, 'C::aTeer' . . . Paul Sickenliacher getting out on the ocean on his 
vacash, the farther to get away, from radio'agents; 



IN CINaNNATI... 



Bill Schudt WKRC's headman, returned last week after fortnight at 
stekbed «f his mother in N. Y. C. . . . Jane Allen Eastey, formerly of 
WBNS, Columbus, succeeds Jane Schraeder on WCPO's temme programs 
and as conductor of hew street studio spellhig bee series, on which she 
hands out pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. 'Top daily prize is |1, 
whicfh rides to jackpot if not won . . . Jim Shouse and Dewey Long to 
head teams in baseball clash at WLW Mail Bag Club's annual picnic, 
June 10, expected to draw 1,500 members from 20 cities . . . L. B. Wilson 
receiving praise letters because his cblet otgineer, Charles TopmiBer. 
held up installation of a panel on the station's new 5(),000-watt transmitter 
until a wren hatched four eggs . . . Bert Lahr's pro turning point will 
be dramatized in Josef Cheroiavsky's 'My Lucky Break' sliow June 11 on 
'WLW and Mutual. His part will be played by Ray Shannon . . . tabr 
will come in on the program from Hollywood . . . WaXAI^ Crosley's short 
v;ave international station, will increase from 10,000 to 50,000 watts late 
this year . . . Milton Bacon, WCKY commentator, is quoted in the June 
issue of Readers Digest 



IN CHICAGO... 



Pat Flanagan this month marks his 17th year in radio and his 11th as 
special announcer with WBBM . . . Clifton Utley is going on WBBM as 
commentator on woriji affairs, filling in for Carroll Binder, Chi Daily 
News foreign ed., who is recouping from serious operation . . . Robert 
(jould is the pseudou>m Kastor agency radio department head Robert 
Jennings is using as co-author of the Knickerbadoer Playhouse' scripts 
. . . Eddie Chase conducting a new quiz show over WAAF In conjunction 
with Riverview park, using tlie midway crowds as participants and au- 
dience . . . John HcCVirmick, WBBM announcer, will fly a plane in the 
closed course race for stock .planes in the Air Show at Curtiss Airport on 
June 25 . , . WCFL reached a new commercial high last week with a total 
of 73 commercials on the station , , . Now 63J% commercial, and carry- 
ing 23.*% of individually produced sustainers and 12.8% of sustaining 
entertainment supplied by NBC ... Sid Strotz and Harry Kept NBC 
central division g.m. and sales, manager, respectively, to St. Louis on biz 
visit . , . Tom Hargis, musical show director for NBC, headed for Texas 
yacash . . . BUI Drips, NBC director of agriculture, spread a barbecue 
lor the National Farm and Home Hour staff . . . Gene Rouse had his ap- 
pendix yanked , . . Arthur Church came in from K, C. to toss a party 
with Blackett-Sample-Hummert and General Mills for the opening of the 
'Carolina's Golden Store' show. 

Frances Eatraer set as guester on the 'Knickerbocker Playhouse' show 
for Teel on Columbia web June 18. 



IN SAN FRANCISCO... 



'Vivian Delia Chiesa will answer Ira Blue's questions on a KPO 'Lefs 
Listen' interview next week when she ups from Hol^wood to sing in "The 
Gypsy Baron' with John Charles Thomas at the Curran . . . Glenhall 
Taykir of Young & Btibicam in town for several days last week to help 
pick winner of local bobby show for appearance on Hobby Lobby pro- 
gram 



Wednesday, Jane 7, 1939 



RADIO 



VARIETY 



19 





Oain Income from rnne Sales 



100 cs F OR mm 

m\m KETTl M Traoscriplion Dmskm ID 



NBC 

193» 193lt 1931 l«Sft 

January $4^033^ 93w798;518 93tS41j999 , $2,6^,915 

Feiiriiai7 3.748,606 3.498,058 3.298.782 2;714i300 

March 4.170,858 3308.831 3.814.283 3,037.883 

April 3,569,98* 3,318^505 ^277.837 2.741,928 

May 3.702,102 3,414.200 3;214,819 3.S81.7aO 

ToUl $19,218,487 $17323,105 $18t»t4.72I» $13,737,648 

CBS 

1939 I9St 19S7 1«« 

January $2,.674,eS7 '$3,879',945 $3,378^628 $1301,033 

February 2,541,542 2,660.335 2;264;317 1,909,146 

March 2,^684 %034i317 2.53».Ti8 1,172;382 

AprU 2,854,028 2;424,180 2.568;47S l,05O;939 

May 3,063,329 2,442,263 2;560;558 l,7tt-,S17 

Total $14,058,638 $13.461.06D $12^328,6» $8^683,007 

MUTUAL 

1939 1938 1987 

January $315,078 $26»jB»4 $213.74«. 

Febniaiy 276,605 2S3;250 231,288 

March 308.976 232,877 247.421 

... April 262,626 189,545 200 J34 

May 234.764 194.201 154.633 

Total $1,396349 $1,139,767 $1,047,222 

(BS' May Gross^irais to New 
NBC Up 4% on M Mntnal 22% 



Columbia's time billings for May 
not Mily set a new monthly hi£b for 
tlie network but shot the total (for 
the- year) ahead of 1038, same time; 
Gross lest month was $3,0^,329, or 
25.4% better than it had been for 
May, 1938. Compared to the first 
five months of 1938; this year's tally 
to date is 4.4% ijetter. CBS has been 
behind 1938 in gro$s until now. 

NBC's turnover for M&y was $3,- 
708,102, a comparative tilt of 8.4%, 
while Mutual did $234;7e4, or 20.9% 
above the May "38 gross. 

Previous monthly fo9 struck by 
CBS was in March, 1038, after which 
tliere was a monthly decline that 
didn't Old until April of this year. 
NBC has maintained its monthly plos 
status for 18 consecutive lunar pe- 
riods. For the initial five months 
of this year NBC is up 7.8% over the 
like stretch of 1938. Mutual's com- 
parative advantage is 22.5%. Colum- 
bia estimates that' by Oct 1 its ac- 
cumulative gross will be at least 
ahead of last year's. 

CBS also widened its margin over 
the NBC red (WEAF> link. Break- 
down of the May gross credits 
$2,886,517 to the red and $815,585 to 
the blue (WJZ) network. 



LUDLUM,CONRAI^WEST 
ON STANCO AFFAIRS 



Stuart Ludlum, radio director of 
McCann-Erickson, has gone out to 
Hollywood to lotdc into a prospective 
daytime network show, and Ftanlc 
Conrad, the agency's time buyer, 
leaves July 20 for the- same territory 
to mate a series of calls in connecr 
tlon with Stance's present spot cam- 
paign. Ludlum's errand also affects 
Sianco. 

Conrad will remain for about 10 
days. 



ERNEST CUTTfNG ON OWN 

Ed KIrkeby, Bob Kerr, Charles 
Kinney Associated Wltb Hfm 



Ernest Cutting, formerly auditions 
director and talent scout for NBC, 
has gone into business for himselt 
It's a combination of freelance 
Coaching and talent selling. Most of 
his mentoring will be based on sam- 
ple recording sent in by aspirants. 

Ed Klikaby, Bob Kerr and 
Charles Kinney will be associated 
With him in the project. 



WHAM and WHEC, Rochester, 
N. Y., laid off staff orchestras for 
June, July and August 



Joe L Brown Stays (b 

Hollywood, June 6. 
General Foods (Post Toasties) re- 
newed Joe E. Brown for anoQter 
cycle and the comedy program 
stays on the air through the sum- 
mer. 

Quarterly option dates from June 
29. 



ISPOTBiKK 



Unasual to Start Tkir Eartjr 
— George Dttrham of 
Morse International Now 
Touring Country 
for Local Prosrama 



VARIED POUCY 



Coming fall should be big fM spot 
broadcasting, as well as network, if 
the campaign whidi Viek CheBiical 
Co; is projecting can be taken as an 
index. Vlck will spend around 
$400,000 this fan and winter on 90 
stations ■ for a wide assortment ot 
local material The campaign is 
slated to start the last week in Sei^ 
tember, and rates as- the biggest 
seascmal appropriati(m for qwt since 
the heydey of the Chevrolet busl- 



Vick's spot splash will cover all- 
sections of the country and' operate 
on a flexible schedule. George Dur- 
ham, of tiie Morse International 
Agency, is now out in the field lin- 
ing up programs. His selections will 
depend on the times and programs, 
availalilei and there may be as ma»y 
as four different types of programs 
under Vick auspices on the same sta- 
tion. 

The nomber of times per day . will 
range between three and 12. The- 
major choice in many spots will be 
news jffograms, weather repwfs and 
women's participation sessions. 



Noel Coward will Iwoadcast ivat 
6 in fanciful program concerning, an- 
nual Theatrical Garden Party, and 
is assisting script writer Leslie 
Baily in readying Oie show. 



(hndien Pace in Antk^tioff 
W Spot Spurt; A Web RecroHcr 



Shop Talk Twist 



Pat Weaver, American To- 
bacco advertising exec,. Is re- 
sponsible for the following bit 
of advice: 

It your laimdry comes back 
and the identification mark Is 
higher than 4.9- don't throw it 
away.' 



CBS ABANDONS 
HOLLYWOOD 
FEE 



Line diarge for shows originating 
in Hollywood is being dropped by 
CBS, effective July 3.. With this 
change in policy pickups can now 
be- made from any of the fotir major 
originating points- without any added 
cost. 

' Rate for Hollywood pickups was 
$i58 p«flkour, $90 for a half hour, 
$60' for a 15-minute program and 
half these charges Ufr rebroadcasts. 



Man Candy Shifting 

Chicago, June 6. 

Mars candy show. Dr. L Q. shifts 
from NBC blue to NBC red on Aiig. 
28^witb a- 96-station chain. 

Alstt ntoves time to 8 p.m., COST. 
Grant advertising agency here han- 
dling the account 



BUREAU OF MISSING BUSINESS 

/ 

This dqKirtment takes up the question of various types of advertising which, for oae reason 
or another, usually offer more or less resistance to radio solicitation. Variety seeks to stimulate 
thought on these matters, to provoke exchange of comment. Sates managers and broadcasters gen- 
erally are invited to unburden themselves on any subject introduced or they may, if tliey wish, intro- 
duce subjects not yet touched by Variety. 

As far as practical, Variety will summarize what seem to be the salient facts of trade expe- 
rience. Occasionally concrete proposals will be suggested. The mMB- idea is, like a chairman of a 
meeting, to outline the question and throw it open to general discussion. 

NO. 8-TRAVEL AND HOTELS " — 



There's one class of prospective 
radio advertiser about which net- 
woik sales promotioners show 
scarcely a dimmer of interest It's 
travel and hotels. Ask the statistics 
and chart jugglers, 'How come that 
out of the billions spent by the 
American public for transportation 
and hotels radio can't show but n 
crumb or two?' and the reply will 
likely be a yawn plus a 'So what?' 
Further pressure on this point end 
the inquirer will hear. 'It's just that 
we're not in the market for due 
bills. These sources haven't any 
real money for advertising. Local 
station men like to- get around, and 
so they^e welcome to all the I.O.U. 
paper around.' 

Aside from the due bill angle the 
hotels enjoy a unique position in the 
advertising field. Why should they 
pay per card rate- when they get 
millions of dollars worth of free 
.ballyhoo a year, and from radio. 
All Vues hare to do is install a name 
or near-name band in one of their 
dining rooms, book it through an 
office that is affiliated with a net- 
work and they get a hookup that as 
frequently as not plugs their hos- 
telry from Coast to Coast 

Station men who travel much and 
like to spend their winters down 
south make it a point to find • spoX 
on their schedules for some of these 
barter accounts. About the only 
American hotel that ever con- 
tributed appreciable coin to broad- 
casting was the Palmer House of 
Chicago when it occupied a 10- 
Btation hookup on the NBC blu* 



(WJZ) for 13 weeks in 1933 and an- 
other 17 weeks in 1934 to> get the 
attention of prospective visit<Ks to- 
the Chicago World's Fair. The- 
gross blUing on thia flier was $144,- 
151. In 1028, the Statler Hotels went 



N. Y. Hotels Plea 



New York Hotel >Ien']s. Associa- 
tion isn't getting much, encour- 
agement from the major stations' 
in N. Y. area in its plea for aid 
to overcome the bad publicity 
the local hostelries have re- 
ceived on the matter of rate rais- 
ing because of the World's Fair. 
Tttey have asked for free- time 
on the basis that it wotdd be a 
public service, but the broad- 
casters, can't see wherein such 
contributions would serve to 
boost attendance at- the N. Y. 
World's Fair. 

One of the stations approached 
suggested that the hotelmen try 
to place tiieir story with the 
press associations and that as a 
news item the broadcasters 
would be glad to carry it. 

Fact is the New York hotels 
have doubled and tripled their 
rates. 



on NBC for singleton and spent 
$3,235. 

As for radio income from the rail- 
roads, It's not any bigger or better 
with the succeeding years, Broad- 
casting's only bigtlme spender in 



this field, and that's in terms of 1030, 
was the- Great Northern Bailroad. 
It was with NBC for three consecu- 
tive seasons, ending June, 1931, going 
from $101,280 in to $145,701 in 
'38 and $104,485 in 1031. Ullnois 
Central had a nine-station hookup 
in 1936-37. There have been others 
since then, but the financial condi- 
tions- of the country's railroads being 
what they are, the count per cam- 
paign has ranged from $1,200 to 
$T,000i The same applies to winter 
and' summer cruise underwriters, as 
far as expenditures are concerned. 
The New York, New Haven and 
Hartford how is using some qmI 
blurbs for travel to the New York 
Fair and the Union Pacific is spon- 
soring Carveth Wells to whoop up 
tours to San Francisco. 

Occasionally a foreign govern- 
ment has turned to American radio 
to help it wheedle the tourist trade, 
but only in one instance, Mexico, 
has such participation figured for 
much. In 1935, NBC's bUlhigs to 
the- Mexican government for a 13- 
wedc campaign came to $28,160. 

In and outers of the same fra- 
ternity are the regional chamber 
groups who have the summer vaca- 
tionist as their seasonal quarries. 
They're heard of one year and not 
again for the next two or three. Of 
the more active glorifiers of local 
scenic beauties in the east there are 
the New England Council and the 
Maine- Development Commission. 
Other states that do more or less 
seasonal spending in -this direction 
are Minnesota, Wisconsm and Penn- 
sylvania. 



Expansion plans for Its transcr^ 
tion division are under considierationi 
by NBG. One move in that direc- 
tion will 'be the addition ai etnrml 
salesmen. 

Network is confident that a bomn 
in spot business tA the transcriptioB 
variety is on the way. It als» feds 
that by constantly dnnnmlng after 
this type of business it insures Itsett 
of ' a- reservoir of future netwodc 
custwners. . 

According to the NBC viewpeist 
the nurtnrilig process in radio- is as 
important today as it was eight years 
ago. NBC believes that instead of 
confining its energies to- snagging 
present network clients it must go 
after new prosiiects. PrevaO upon 
the latter to try radio by way of the 
transcription route and if tite spot 
campaign shows results then try to 
sell them on expanding their broad- 
casting participation ity a network. 



NBCCBS,WOR 
SURVEY AREA 



NBC, CBS and WOR Newark, 
have each been furnished with a 
copy of the findings made by Hoop- 
er-Holmes, Inc., research organiza- 
tion, in a personal Interview study 
conducted in 10 metropolitan New 
York counties, during the third week 
of April. The probe, which involved 
the roster method — home set owners 
being asked to cfaedc off the- pro-, 
grants they had listened to, was 
confined to . the morning stretch, C 
a.m. to 1 p.in. 

Summary disclosed that 58% ot 
12,100 families interviewed bad their 
sets tmied in some- time during, the 
mornings of this particular week. 
Also that the major audiences wers 
drawn by the early a.m. news pe- 
riods over WOR and WABC. The 
ratings of the four stations concerned, 
which included NBC's WEAF and 
WJZ, varied with the paxtlc«dar 
quarter-hour periods of the morn- 
ing. , 

Interviewers Slso inquired to tlw. 
telephone and automobile owneraliip 
and found that 41% of these families 
had sets installed in their cars. 
NBC's share of the survey bill was 
half because of its two ftaUeas, 
while the other 60% was s^t be- 
tween Columbia and WOR. 



Tig W Layoff Jb^ 4 
Coincides Robbson 
Pix Hiahis; Treror Pact Up 

Summer folding of 'Big Town' 
(Lever Bros') has been moved for- 
ward to July 4 at Edward G. Robin- 
son's request The Metro studio has 
assured him that it will finish up 
with his present production, 'Black- 
mail,' by July 7 and he wants to btt 
free to take an Immediate vacation. 
Show will be bade on CBS- Sept 19. 
Date originally set for its bowout 
was July 18. 

Robinson's new contract with the 
soap account raises him to $6,000 a 
week. Negotiations are still on for 
a new tenner with Claire Trevor. 



Al Williain8<m Resigns 

Chicago, June 6. 

AI Williamson has resigned from 
the Tom Fizdale publicity organiza- 
tion. He bad been with the pub- 
licity outfit In charge of the midwest 
division for the past 18 nuinths. 

Previously had been assistant to 
publisher of Minneapolis Star, and 
before that had established himself 
in radio as director of publicity for 
NBC In the midwest for nine- years. 

Williamson now considering a cou- 
ple of new connections^ but first goes 
on a short vacash. 



20 



VARIETY 



RADIO 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



Parental Comment On Kid Programs 

(2nd Group of Cities) 



Further tabulations in Variety's survey of parental 
reaction to sponsored radio programs iare presented 
herewitli. Taiten together with the samples published 
in the last issue and tlie samples to be published in next 
week's issue, the material provides a provocative com- 
mentary upon the controversial issue of what little 
RoIIo and little Buttercup listen to. 

Comment on the survey itself, either in its implica- 
tions or its methodology, is invited. 

A printed questionnaire form was employed. Distri- 
bution was made by personal contact. Parent-teacher 
councils, women's clubs, church groups, etc., were ap- 
proached. All respondents were identified as; parents. 

Variety will add its own interpretation to the data 
when the final tabulations are complete, , at which time 
totals and conclusions will be indicated. 



Louisville, Ky. 

PARENTS' OPINIONS OF PROGRAMS 

' (Uited as Apptarinif Ip QuestlODnatre) 

DIs- 

ApproTC »ppr«T« 

'Jack Armstrong' 56 0 

'Lone Ranger'.. 56 5 

Dick Tracy'... 44 7 

'Green Hornet'.... 10. 3 

'Don Winslow of Navy' 42 1 

•Little Orphan Aniiie'. ........ 51 2 

•Howie Wing*...;.... 44 0 

'Gang Busters*. . . ....... ....... 44 26 

Children Write to Program 29 32 
Parent/ Purchases Influenced 

by Children..,...:.:. , 27 40 

QUOTATIONS 

Too many proerams portraying acts of ganfisters and 
crooks. Through these stories they attain a glamour Jn the 
child's mind. The fact Uiat the crook is always caught does 
not Impress the .child.' 

(Boy, 10.) 

ISy attitude on iddlo generally is that there Is too little 
well-written material, and most of the serials resemble the 
dime novels of the past The only difference is that the 
children of today do not have to be secretive about hearing 
the thrillers.' 

(Two hoys, over 10.) 

1 feel there should be as much thought given to radio pro- 
grams as to courses in public schools.' 

(One girl, over 10.) 

.'Radio draws children from study and concentration on 
■mall tasks. Very distracting and parents are obliged to 
curtail time' spent by children listening to radio.' 

(Two hoya, one ffirl.). 

AOULT SHOWS TUNED IN BY CHILDREN 



QUOTATIONS 



Jack Benny 14 

Eddie Cantor 9 

Bing Crosby 7 

Lux 7 

Charlie '. McCarthy ... 6 

Major Bowes 6 

Kay Kyser.... 6 



Joe Penner 9 

'Cavalcade America'. 4 
'Death Valley Days'.. 4 

Burns & Allen 3 

Al Pearce 3 

Scattered 44 



Salisbury, N. C. 



PARENTS' OPINIONS OF PROGRAMS 

<LIat<d OS AppcArlDg In QotatlODnalra) 

DIs- 

Approve approve 

'Jack Armstrong' 16 13 

'Lone Ranger'. 30 10 

'Dick Tracy' 18 6 

•Green Hornet' 2 8 

'Don Winslow of Navy'. ...... 9 6 

•Little Orphan Annie' 24 '8 

'Howie Wing' 13 3 

'Gang Busters' 18 12 

Tes No 

Children Write to Program. ... 20 15 
Parent/ Purchases Influenced- 

by Children 17 21 



1 think, personally, that' the radio programs for chiluren 
are a boon to the modern mother. I know they are much 
more interested in the serials and stories than in my own 
feeble attempts to tell them u story.' Tm right glad that 
strangers are willing to take some of the cares of parent- 
hood.' 

(GlTlt 11; bow, 4.) 

'Since my daughter Is only seven I don't think she ts 
greatly influenced by radio. Of course, I hear her running 
around singing 'Three Little Fishles' all the time, whereas I 
used to sing ^London Bridge Is Falling Down/ " 

(One girl.) 

'He likes 'Gang Busters' too well His mother forbids hi; 
listening on the grounds that the engendered excitement 
keeps him awake ... he 'has me do his writing. I should 
say that he makes such requests on an -average .of once a 
month.' 

(One son, under 10.) 

'She adores 'Iturbi.' 

(Girt, over 10.) 

They even wanted me to buy a Duke Power incubator and 
raise chickens .when they advertised that once.* ■ 

(Ttoo bovs, ttooi girls.) 

Dly son 'listens' (or. rather, he^s, I'm not .sure that he 
listens) ' to various Aiusical programs such as Russell Mclh- 
tire . . . he's definitely inclined to be musical. ... I like' 
'Little Orphan Annie.' 

. (One son, over 10.) 

'My two children are In high school group .and are jitter- 
bugs. They care for nothing except t. be Jittering around 
all the time. . . . I'm afraid they don't listen to any Intelligent- 
radio programs.. They listen to Benny Croodman, Artie Shaw, 
Hal Kemp, Jimmy Lunceford'and- stay- up to- all hours for 
various bands.' I'm disgusted. ... I subconsciously asksfor 
Camels upon hearing endless repetitions of how swell they 
are.' 

(Two chUdrcn, over 10.) 
'Can't see any remarkiable scars.' 

(Two ttlrls, under 10.) 

Important that we Am^lcans do everything possible to 
keep radio clean, wholesome and healthy.'- 

(One bovi under- 10.) 

'Columbia school of. the air splendid., 'twould like more' 
programs of this type.' 

'<F9\ir children.) 

'Some of the programs are unfit for children, and in many 
cases even boring to adults.' 

(Two children, over 10.) 

'My youngest child is still In the grasp of The Lone Ranger.* 
... I don't worry: ... My girl, aged 17, has a definite crush 
on Russell Mclntire's singing, biit 'I suppose that's a common, 
situation around here . . , confidentially, I enjoy "The Lone 
Ranger' as much as 'Jack.* 

(Three children.) 

'Attitude— indifferent' 

(Three children.) 

'She gets mopey over Kay Kyser.* 

(Ttoo ffirls, over 10.) 

ADULT SHOWS TUNED IN BY CHILDREN 

Jack .Benny 12 Charlie -McCarthy.... 6 

Eddie Cantor 7 Kay Kyser 5 

Phil Baker 7 Scattered 19 

Lux 1 



MOwaiikee, Wise. 



PARENTS' OPINIONS OF PROGRAMS 

(Listed as Appearing lo Que«UoDna)r«) 

DIs- 

Approve approve 

'Jack Armstrong' 20 ' 11 

'Lone Ranger' 25 8 

'Dick Tracy' 18 11 

'Green Hornet' 15' 14 

'Don Winslow of Navy' 19 5 

'Little Orphan Annie' 26 7 

•Howie Wing* 10 5 

'Gang Busters' 15 32 

Tes No 

Children Write to Programs. . . 24 12 
Parent/ . Purchases Influenced 

by Children 22. 14 

QUOTATIONS 

•Musically, /radio is a great help to the growing child, but 
the trash accumulated for alleged 'children's programs' 
should be barred.' . ■ 

(Two children, undier 10. 

•My children enjoy the radio more than anything else in 
our lives. I think the radio teaches them a great many 
things they don't learn in schools. They want nearly every- 
thing they hear advertised on the radio . . . they write to 
nearly every one . . . keep them all on the air,' 

(Two Over 10, two under 10.) 

•I find the children asking me to buy cereals which they 
don't eat' 

(One (Mty, one girl.) 



'The radio gives my children new Ideas on topics of dig. 
cussion at the present time. I believe that radio is one of 
the most essential articles In the home.' ... . 

(Two children, over 10.) 

"Yes, he writes . . . pins and badges and books a racket 
when they have to send 10 cents because you can get most 
of the articles at the Five and Tin of much better quali^.' 

(One hoy, tinder 10.) 

'They hold up the supper hour for "Howie 'Wing.' 

(Boy, 6; girl, 9.) 

•No attitude — a program once over is soon forgotten.' 

(Two girls, qne' boy.) 

'Everything you hear nowadays Is connected with crim* 
and war.' 

(Four children.) 

'Radio Influences his play. I do not mind so' long as he 
does not portray a crook of some kind.* 

(One boy, uiider 10.) 

'Good ... It keeps them off the streets.' 

(Two hoys.) 

'My children's favorite program Is. 'Gang 'Busters,' which 
should be taken off the air.' ' 

(One girl, three hoys.) 

'I believe boys and girls should be outdoors more playing 
in the sunshine. . . . 'Jack Armstrong' too much of >i Itero. .'. , 
'Green Hornet' too deep for yotug people. 

(One girl, one bov.) 

'We buy products to keep, certain shows on the air. . • « 
"Lone Ranger', very good.' 

(One girl, over 10.) 

*! don't think any of the programs now oh the air, Includ* 
ing the much-talked-about 'Gang Bustws,' are outstanding 
enough to affect them in any way . . .they are old' enough t9 
realize the radio scripts have no relation to llvini; people.* 

(One bov, one girl.)' 

1 enjoy the kiddie programs as much as the adult pro« 
grams.' 

(One girl, four hoys.) 

If I happen to buy some product advertised over th«f radio 
.1 notice that much more of the food is eaten than usual.' 

(Two boys, one girl.) 

APULt SHOWS TUNED M BY CHnJ)REN 

Jack Benny ; .... 24 ■ "First Nlghter'-. ...... 7 

' Lux 18 Kay Kyser 6 

Bob Hope 12 'Lights Out' 5 

Charlie McCarthy.... 12 Fred Allen... 4 

'One Man's Faihlly*.. 10 'Big Town'... 4 

Bing Crosby .8 Scattered .19 



Spokane, Wash. 



PARENTS' OPINION OF PROGRAMS 

(LlEted as Appearing Is QuesUonnaIre) 

Dls- 

Approve apprev* 

•Jack Armstrong' 9 1 

'Lone Ranger'. 7 0 

'Dick Tracy' 8 3 

'Green Hornet' 2 1 

'Don Winslow of Na-vy' 5 0 

'Little Orphan Annie' 10 2 

'Howie Wing' 10 1 

'Gang Busters'... 4 18' 

' Tw No 

Children Write to Program. ... 7 7 
Parent/ Purchases Influenced 

by Children. •. S 8 

QUOTATIONS 

•They always want the radio on. SomeUmes it's all right, 
sometimes it's too exciting. Then they will turn it off them- 
selves. . . . Always the Impossible happening in "Little Orphan 
Annie.' 

(One boy, one girl.) 

."Likes "Dick Tracy,* but forgets about it . . . girl likes 
Gang Busters' and npanages to hear It even though we shut 
the door. 1 know It's bad for her nerves, but 1 know It talks 
and teaches against crime.* 

(Girl, 11; boby, 2.) 

"They will come In from play to listen to their favorit* 
programs.' 

(Two children.) 

'Some very nice; others get on my nerves.' 

^ (Two boys, one girl, over 10.) 

'Prefer the children to listen to 'The Aldrich Family* on 
the Kate Smifb hour.' 



(Three girs one hoy.) 

"They pick up songs and Sayings and some good informa- 
tion. 'Gang Busters' N.G.' 

(Two boys.) 

ADULT SHOWS TUNED IN BY CHOJ)R£N 



Jack Benny e 

fibber t/lcGee 6 

Orson Welles „ 4 

Charlie McCarthy i.. 4 



'One Man's Family*. . 4 

Major Bowes 3 

Myrt and Marge 3 

Scattered .....39 



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FORESEE CUT IN 
CANADIAN SET 
COSTS 



Montreal, June 6. 
A substantial decrease in the price 
of radio receiving sets in Canada 
may follow as ia result of the Gov- 
ernment investigation of the patent 
pool controlling radio manufactur- 
ing costs. Charges heard in the 
House of Commons during the cur- 
rent session were that the interna- 
tional patent pool took an unusually 
high toll, with result that costs of 
Canadian radio sets are from 100 to 
400% higher than, similar sets in the 
United States. 

■ Canadian manufacturers contend 
that due to atmospheric conditions 
prevailing here, radio sets ere built 
to more exacting engineering stand- 
ards, and must, therefore, be sold at 
higher prices. 

In reply to questions in the House 
of Commons the Canadian Minister 
of Finance intimated last week that 
recommendations of the Tarifl Board 
for lower prices might be given 
favorable consideration shortly. 

Hon. W. D. Herridge, former Can- 
adian Minister to Washington, repre- 
sented Philco during the hearings 
before the Tarifl Board. 



ROYALTY PACES RADIO 



Canadian Stations Under . Tension 
During King's Visit 



Winnipeg, June 6. 

Passage of the King «nd Queen of 
England had everybody in a dither 
here. Radio stations particularly 
felt the tension operating as they did 
under extraordinary pressure and 
with innumerable remote pick-ups 
wliich are not too common in 
Dominion radio. Heavy rains didn't 
make the task of CJRC and CKY 
any simpler. 

Radio schedules are also jumbled 
from day to day as programs come 
In from other points. Vast distances 
and other factors of inexperience in 
such matters affected the gigantic 
task of giving Royalty priority over 
everything. 

Theatres benefited some but not as 
much as expected from throngs that 
came here for a peep. 



Fast Work 

Regina, Sask., June 6. 
Arranging a national network in 
90 seconds was feat of Canadian 
Broadcasting Corp. group headed by 
T. O. Wiklund for royal visit to 
Regina. Sudden shift necessitated 
by fact Their Majesties' car speeded 
through city faster than schedule, 
Arriving at the legislative buildings 
where national broadcast was to 
originate fully 25 minutes ahead of 
time. 

Urgent request resulted in clear- 
ing all lines in fast order. 



Hearty Welcome 



Regina, Sask,, June 6. 

British calm and emotional 
control was beautifully im- 
"pressed on Ernie Strong, CK.CK 
engineer, last week when he 
took' up his position to help 
broadcast from a buildhig over- 
looking the Royal train that was 
passing through. Also . to the 
roof came a Sergeant-Major 
named Beveridge to hoist the 
royal standard, traditional with 
the arrival of Majesty. 

Engineer and army man pres- 
ently recognized each other as 
from Douai Ridge, France, Octo- 
ber, 1018. 

'Gosh,' began the radio en- 
gineer, getting exicted. 

'Fawncy meeting you heah!' 
replied the Briton as he turned 
to the business of hanging out 
the standard. 



JAPAN OPENS 
STUDIO BLDG. 



Tokyo, May 20. 

JOAK Broadcasting Corporation 
of Japan moved into its new- six- 
storied building on May 12 in Tokyo. 
Cost around $1,300,000. The over- 
seas section was the first to go on 
the air. Air-conditioned, and con- 
tains 16 studios, the main studio hav- 
ing accommodations for a chorus of 
1,000 voices, accompanied by an or- 
chestra of 100 pieces. 

First greetings from abroad in con- 
nection with opening came from Ber- 
lin and Rome, while on the night of 
the 14th the National Broadcasting 
Co. of America sent over xylophone 
solos played by Yoichiro HIraoka, 
and the Columbia Broadcasting Sys- 
tem transmitting from Hollywood 
light music by Harry Slmeones' or- 
chestra and tap dancing by a Los 
Angeles night club performer. Lon- 
don transmitted congratulations on 
May 15, with the BBC Empire br- 
chestra playing 'Pomp and Circum- 
stance*. 

. Twelve of the studios are to be 
used for regular broadcasts, three for 
broadcasts of records and recorded 
programs and one for special sound 
effects. Included is a special stu- 
dio in Japanese style for broadcast- 
ing special Japanese musical pro- 
grams. The main studios have 
spectators' galleries. 



London Calling 



Annnal Theatrical Garden Party 
in aid of the Actors' Orphanage be- 
ing tellvized for first time, June 6. 



CKLW's Quandary 

Detroit, June 6. 
Daylight sked at CKLW, located 
across the Detroit river in Windsor, 
Ont., is pretty out of sorts past few 
weeks, with station making every 
effort to give Its Canadian audience 
every special broadcast of King 
George and Queen Elizabeth's visit 
through the Dominion. 
^ If local show is skedded at time of 
a si)ecial program, it's shifted to 
nearest time after Royal broadcast. 
In addition, station airs hour of 
transcribed broadcasts of Royal visit 
at 10 p.m. nightly. Plans several air- 
ings today (6) during Royalty's 
short stay in Windsor. 



Mexico's 87th Station 



Mexico City, June 6. 

Number of active Mexican com- 
mercial radio stations has been in- 
creased to 87 with inauguration of 
XFAD In Aguascalientes City, key 
central industrial and raili'oad town. 

Owner is Alejandro Diaz. 



BBC programs for Latin America 
will be increased from July 3, when 
three hours of broadcasting will be 
given daily in Spanish and Portu- 
gese. Programs include news in 
both languages, with talks, music 
and general entertainment, and are 
sent by GSO and GSC on 19 and 31 
metres 




IS NOT PLEASED 



Latter Has Been Spending 
$400,000 in Radio Adver- 
tising But Doesn't Fancy 
Constantly Tighter R e- 
strictions 



BEER MAY SCRAM 



H. R. Cnmmlngs spotted as Over- 
seas Public Relations Officer at 
BBC, and will be liaison man for 
listeners in Europe and elsewhere 
who take the ' foreign news service, 



SpotUswoode, Dixon & Hunting 

has placed a series of Friday morn- 
ing quarter hours on Radio Nor- 
mandy for Livaclean Health Salt. 



Lord Se Thomas and Len Urry 
signed Carroll Levis for another 
year's broadcast with Quaker Oats, 
making third consecutive year, with 
Levis -getting biggest coin ever paid 
to any local star. Broadcast via 
Radios Normandy, Luxembourg and 
Lyons. 



SL James Balm, placed by Smith's 
Advertising Agency, Is new Nor- 
mandy account 



English sponsored radio products 
are now being given the peak listen- 
ing hours on weekday evenings at 
Radio Mediterranean (Juan' les 



Montreal, June 6. 

Standard Brand's (J. Walter 
Thompson Agency) fall radio appro- 
priations will depend largely on the 
attitude of the Canadian Broadcast- 
ing Corp. towards commercial copy. 
Standard Brands was spending at 
the rate of $400,000 annually in radio 
in Canada on French and English 
programs at one time last year. 

Magic Baking.' Powder dropped 
radio last season due to stringent 
regulations which even forbade 
mention that ' product contained no 
alum. Of the three' remaining Stand- 
ard Brands' radio programs. Chase & 
Sanborn, Tenderleaf Tea aiid 
Fleischmann's Yeast, reports are that 
one may yet be dropped. 

Understanding is that Department 
of Health has but recently discovered 
that the commercials on Fleisch- 
mann's Yeast (Dr. Stidger) are now 
coming from the American side, and 
has asked that copy be submitted to 
them for approval. General under- 
standing was that commercials ema- 
nating from NBC were automatically 
okay with the CBC, but Department 
seems to think otherwise. 

While not unduly severe,' Health 
Department officials desire some 
changes in copy which would mean 
that the Fleischmann commercials on 
the American stations would have to 
be patterned along lines determined 
in Canada. 

Should sponsors refuse to color 
copy for American use on account of 
Canadian coverage Fleisclimann's 
may go off radio in Canada. 
'Family' is Popolar 

Considered likely that Tenderleaf 
Tea will be renewed in fall since dis- 
continuation for summer months 
brings more complaints from follow- 
ers of 'One Man's Family' than any 
other program on the air here. 

Beer sponsors are also mulling 
chances of return to radio, but con- 
sider limitation of commercials to 
sponsor-identification too great a 
handicap on musical shows. Uncer- 
tain yet if two musicals. Tonight at 
Eight' (English) and 'Fridolin' 
(French) will be back on the air this 
fall. 

Meeting of Governors of the Cana- 
dian Broadcasting Corp. at Banff in 
a few weeks may bring some modi- 
fication in regulations governing 
beer programs. But sponsors are 
understood unwilling to use musical 
shows unless given some leeway in 
mention of product 

Advertising appropriations 
switched from radio to newspapers 
and magazines last season due to dis- 
agreement over CBC copy censor- 
ship are reported very effective, by 
agencies here. Periodicals are cred- 
ited doing good selling job on Magic 
Baking Powder because of freedom 
in writing advertising copy. 



Pins). It will carry IBC programs 
for one hour at 9 o'clock every eve- 
ning, including Sundays. Attention- 
callers to Radio Mediterranean 
broadcasts are given in daily an- 
nouncements from Normandy 



Bearing a banner trailer, a plane 
flew over Epsom Downs Derby Day. 
The slogan on the banner read 'Al- 
ways a Winner — Radio Normandy.' 
IBC have gone in quite heavily for 
ballyhoo stunts. 



Two additional participating spon- 
sors, ■ in Radio Normandy's 'Coun- 
try Home Hour' are Clay's Ferti- 
lizer and Benbow's Dog Mixture. 



Washington, June 6. 

Reconsideration of the FCC's sud- 
denly-adopted new rules governing 
international broadcasting is uni- 
versally expected, following squawks 
from the industry, press reprimands, 
and Congressional displeasure. Forr 
mal hearing will be sought by at 
least one member, with changes in 
the requirements about 'cultural' 
programs probable. 

Complaints about back-handed 
censorship and dictation ' were laid 
before the regulators in official 
fashion Monday (5) when Neville 
Miller, president of NAB, challengeil 
the Commission's authority to spec- 
ify what can be DX-ed' to foreign 
listeners and calle j attention 'to 
probable difficulties in administer- 
ing the rules. To say nothing of op- 
erating a short-wave plant Previ- 
ously Congressman Clarence J. Mc- 
Cleod, Michigan Republican, de- 
clared President Roosevelt should 
demand resignations of every mem- 
ber. 

■While the rules officially were 
adopted without dissent the reaction 
throughout the country was so hos- 
tile there was no doubt a reconsid- 
eration motion will be offered. Sev- 
eral members had their fingers 
crossed when the show-down oc- 
curred, and Commissioner T. A. M. 
Craven, according to the official 
minutes, demurred when the pro- 
posals were first debated, although 
he did not attempt to explain his 
feeling publicly. 

With Congress likely to give the 
FCC anpther going-over before 
loosening the grip on the bankroll 
and furnishing money for operations 
in the year opening July 1, indus- 
try outposts reported there is no 
doubt the Miller request will be 
granted. Otherwise, the airwave 
cops are likely to be tossed around 
roughly — possibly endangering their 
appropriation — when the lawmakers 
take up the' matter of writing a 
check for 1940. 

Very Outspoken 

Surprisingly outspoken in view of 
the trade body's prior inclination to 
kow-tow, the NAB head declared 
that after thorough study 'we have 
been unable to find a. legal b'asis for 
the regulations' laying down .the pro- 
gram standards.' In the first official 
move to contest the regulators' 
power to prescribe program content. 
Miller directed attention to the anti- 
censorship provisions (Section 326) 
of the Communications act ' and 
voiced alarm about the course which 
the Commish is following. 

'If the Commission has the au- 
thority to promulgate this character 
of regulation in the international 
fteld, it must have equal authority 
with respect to domestic broadcast- 
ing, as the same provisions of the 
law govern both classifications, Mil- 
lei' told Chairman Frank R. McNinch. 
'1'. licensees of international broad- 
cast stations can be required to re- 
strict their programs to any regula- 
tory authority's concept of American 
culture, it would seem clear that the 
licensees of domestic broadcasting 
stations could be required to limit 
their programs to some 'official' defi- 
nition of culture, education, and en- 
tertainment 

'That this would constitute a vio- 
lent transgression of the basic prin- 
ciples of American democracy is self- 
evident We furthei submit that the 
proposed regulations would establish 
the precedent for such transgression 
and surely no such dangerous prC' 
rogatlve is contemplated by the 
Communications Act of. 1934 and is 
in direct conflict with Section 326 
of the Act...' 

Under the regulations as an- 
nounced and strictly . interpreted, 
broadcasters would be obliged to 
deny their international 'acilities to 
any minority spokesmen differing 
v/ith party in powei. Miller pointed 
out Because the disagreement would 
not promote 'international good-will, 
understanding and co-operation.' 



The U. S. short-wavers are popular 
abroad, he observed, because they 
deliver 'unbiased nnd uncensored 
news,' in contrast to the controlled 
radio outlets of virtually every other 
nation. 

Jams Up Uncle Sam 
Embarrassment to the govern- 
ment was feared. Miller observed 
that the State Department in the 
past has washed its hands of respon- 
sibility whenever foreigners have 
been displeased by printed or broad- 
cast remarks. If the federal authori- 
ties are going to dictate what is said 
in the future they will have to bend 
the knee to irate, governments if of- 
fense is taken. He construed the 
regulations as obligating the govern- 
ment to assume 'official responsibil- 
ity for all matter broadcast over in- 
ternational stations' If the rules are 
not altered. 

In the wake of newspaper com- 
plaints, the Congressional repercus- 
sion was believed likely to be se- 
rious. Before the end of the month, 
the Commish will be on the spot 
again, since no appropriation has 
been made for financing operations 
beyond June 30. When a supply bill 
is brought up, it is probable the 
criticism over the international rules 
will be echoed either in committee 
or on the floor. 

Demanding resignation of all 
members, McCleod flayed the FCC's 
roundabout moves to establish a 
radio censorship and termed the re- 
quirement that DX-ers must air only 
cultural programs 'a brazen attempt 
to say what shall or shall not be 
broadcast.' Under the 1034 law, the 
sole duty of the regulators, the Mich- 
igan member averred, is to police 
the spectrum, not dictate program 
standards. 

'When the FCC attempts to tell 
the broadcaster ■ what programs he 
shall broadcast internationally, it 
knows that if it can get by with 
this dictation there is just one short 
step remaining to the control of 
standard broadcasts or domestic pro- 
grams, and when that hurdle is 
cleared radio is under the domina- 
tion of bureaucracy and ceases to 
be free,' he gloomed. 

'When the Federal Communica- 
tions Commission was created by 
this body it was not intended that 
censorship was to be part of the 
Commission's functions. The pri- 
mary duties of the Commission are 
to prevent confusion in the air by 
allocation of wave lengths and to 
guard against libel or indecency. 
But here we have a creation of Con-.-' 
gress, suddenly turned a Franken- 
stein, ignoring the will of Congress 
and determining just what American 
radio stations shall or shall not say 
during international broadcasts. To 
carry out their purposes, violation 
of this fantastic principle will war- 
rant revocation of a radio station's 
license and thereby force it out of 
business . . . Without freedom of 
opinions, thoughts, and ideas, this 
nation has no right to entertain any 
hope for the survival of democratic 
principles. This regulation is but a 
small cancer how, but unless it is 
cut out at the start it will spread 
like any unattended malignant 
growth, until finally free speech will 
be throttled, the press will be a 
mouthpiece for the few, and radios 
will blare forth only the ideas of 
the FCC. 



Letondal to N. Y. C; 
F«rry of Paris Visiting 

Montreal, June 0." 

Henri Letondal, musical director 
for station CKAC, planing in to New 
York to hear his latest lyric 'Whad- 
daya Mean, Petite' on the Manhattan- 
Merry-Go-Round program. 

Bringing back Michel Ferry, 
CKAC's Paris correspondent to Mon- 
treal. Ferry has been doing a man- 
in-the-street for CKAC, sending over 
transcriptions for use locally. 



S2 



VARIETY 



RADIO 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



A Coast-to-Coast Motorist Fmds 
Few Highway Hints on Radio 



By GEOBGE GILBEBT 

A lack of program material aimed 
at the automobile traveler equipped 
witli radio was noted on a 7,S0O-mile 
tour of the country just concluded. 
With the sole exception of KOA, 
Denver, which daily devotes a 
minute afternoon slot to road infor- 
mation furnished by the local auto- 
Diobile club and the state police, no 
other station was heard disseminat- 
ing timely reports on highway con- 
(ditions. 

Local reception was practically 
nil, Few 100 waiters were able to 
produce a daytime signal of more 
than 40 miles radius free from in- 
terference. This limits their recep- 
tion in an auto receiver moving at 
a high rate of speed to an hour ^t 
the most Phonograph records punc- 
tuated by far too many spot an- 
nouncements formed the bulk of 
their offering. 

Network programs could always 
be tuned in daytime owing to the 
lusty signals of the 50,000-watters 
which effectually blanketed their 
listener areas In as wide a radius 
as 400 miles in some cases. KOA 
was clearly received as far south 
as Las Vegas, N. M., and was easily 
picked up near Rock Springs, Wyo- 
ming. Other 50,000-watters such as 
KSL and EDYL, Salt Lake City; 
KGO and KPO, San Francisco; 
WLW, Cincinnati; KNX, Hollywood; 
and WOR, Newark, were similarly 
effective. 

Notable among the locals which 



attempted to snare listener attention 
were KGFW, Kearney, Neb.;KHUB, 
WatsonvUle, Calif.; and KVRS, Rock 
Springs, Wyoming. All possessed 
transmitters near main highways 
and adjacent to their antennas were 
signs calling the travelers' attention 
to the station and its frequency. 

While deficient in highway bul- 
letins most stations provided 
weather reports. Especially in the 
grain belt forecasts were complete 
to the nth degree; Oddly enough 
most of thie reports were on a sus- 
taining basis. Such time seemed a 
natural for sale tc a hay grain or 
feed merchant or an oil company. ' 



They Were Plenty Interested In The 
Fight They Couldn't Hear 



Montreal, June 6. 
All local stations were flooded 
with calls last week asking why 
RCA-Victor didn't pipe the Nova- 
Baer fracas directly into Montreal 

Fight was carried as a commercial 
on the basic blue net of the NBC in 
the U. S. A. but RCA- Victor failed 
to make arrangements to have the 
program aired locally, due to belief 
it held UtUe interest here. 

Fight fans unable to tune in on the 
squabble direct to American stations 
due to atmospherlie conditions 
squawked plenty. 



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Edward A. Blce't Sunday Sym' 
phonette orchestra, which Includes 
other WGY pioneer day Instrumen' 
talists like Tom De Stefano, Leo 
Cliwen and Frank Catrlcalla, Is now 
riding on NBC red rhn. 



A Revised Deal 

Philadelphia, June 6. 
Agency time buyers wer* In a 
quandary last week as to what 
they could do with the three 
baby chicks that KMA, Shanan* 
doah, .Ia„ had shipped them un- 
til Bob Street, WCAU commer- 
cial manager, made them a 
proposition, which, they readily 
accepted. Street Is going to 
bring up the cliicks on farm in 
Bucks county and on Thanlcsgiv- 
Ing Day he will return one of 
them fuUy dressed and ready 
for the oven. The agency men 
may have another grown-up 
version for Christmas. 



Tliree Alabama Collies Attack FCC 
Refusal to Let Them Sen WAPI 



WELLES VICE B'MORE; 
ALSO ENCORING JULY 2 



Chicago, June 6. - 
John Barrymore's heart attack 
cancelled him out of the Knicker- 
bocker Playhouse program which 
Bob Jennings of the Kastor agency 
produces for Procter & Gamble's 
new liquid dentriflce, TeeL Orson 
Welles flew in from east to substi- 
tute Sunday (4). Did same piece, 
'Business Before Pleasure.' and 'in 
the Barrymore manner.' 

Welles wiU do another session for 
Teel, probably July 2. 



Whlteman's AU-Fordham Event 

Paul Whitenian will guest 300 
members of the graduating class of 
Fordham University, ' N. Y., at his 
June 14 Chesterfield broadcast With 
relatives, etc., the block of tickets 
set aside for th^m aggregates 600. 
Airing comes from CBS playhouse 
No. 3, chain's largest studio. Catch- 
ing the Whiteman broadcast is part 
of the graduates commencement ac- 
Uvities. 

Whlteman's band plays their grad 
uation night prom at the Commo- 
dore Hotel, N. Y.. June 16. 



Washington, June 6. 
Vacating of FCC denial on the re- 
quest of three Alabama colleges for 
transfer of their jointly controlled 
station, WAPI, to the Voice of Ala- 
bama, Inc., on a leasing agreement 
was asked Saturday (3) by Duke M. 
Patrick, attorney for the applicants. 
Government radio agency was ac- 
cused of erring in judgment and in 
'arbitrary and capricious' behavior 
in 24 counts recited by the aggrieved 
petitioners. Commlsh action of May 
16 should be reconsidered, according 
to the new plea, and an order grant- 
ing the application should be entered. 
As an alternative, applicants should 
be allowed a new crack at oral argu- 
ment before the federal body. 

Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 
University of Alabama and Alabama 
College — three institutions control. 
Ung the Birmingham transmitters — 
contended that the Commish had 
erred in failing and refusing to find 
and report the .following facts: 

Legal, technical, financial and 
other qualifications of the assignee 
to continue operation of the station 
in the public interest; 'whether the 
application may be granted within 
the purview of Sec. 310 of the Com- 
munications Act of 1934'; what 
changes, if any, with respect to the 
service of the station, is contem- 
plated, and the character, of service 
which would be rendered by the 
proposed assignee if the application 
were granted, etc. 

Service now rendered by WAPI 
would b^' the equivalent Of, or an 
improvement of, the service now be 
ing rendered, Patrick argued. Sta' 
tion is adequately financed, has been 
operating in the public interest and 
terms of the 19-year lease agreement 
were' in no way 'violative ot or re 



Bill Curbing Bureau 'Arrogance' 
Pending In D. C; Would Affect FCC 



Washington, June 6. 
Valuable protection for the broad- 
casting industry against arbitrary 
procedure of the FCC Is proposed in 
legislation of vast Importance now 
pending before Congress and cur- 
rently the objective of an under- 
cover campaign by Federal officials. 
Bills designed to insure 'more ex-, 
peditious settlement of disputes with 
the United States' would guarantee 
court reviews In all controversies 
and would require automatic hear- 
ings on adoption of any adminis- 
trative rules. 

Urged for several years by the 
legal profession the legislation is 
sponsored by Senator M. IM. IjOgan 
of Kentucky and Rep. Francis E. 
Walter of Pennsylvania, both DemO' 




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NEW YORK • CHICAGO • DETROIT • SAN FRANCISCO| 



Radio Station Representatives 



crats. The Logan . bill already baa 
been formally recommended by the 
Senate judiciary committee and is on 
the calendar awaiting consideration. 
The Walter bill was favorably re- 
ported by a suljcommittee but the 
full House Judiciary Committee has 
yet to act 

Purpose of the legislation is to 
curb the arrogance of the quasi- 
judicial and quasi-legislative units, 
which have snooted the courts and 
have drawn muclf criticism from 
business and lawyers. In his report 
advocating passage. Senator Logan 
pointed to the need for checking the 
steady movement toward a form of 
'parliamentarism' which threatens to 
destroy the division of governmental 
power. Spoke about the state of 'in- 
describable confusion,' declaring 'the 
time has come when some of these 
regulators consider themselves alxjve 
the statutes and when they show 
contemptuous disregard for both the 
Congress and the courts.' 

If Congress approves the present 
draft of the legislation, the following 
will happen: 

1. Any individual 'substantially 
Interested' in the effect of an exist- 
ing administrative rule can appeal 
for reconsideration and is entiUed 
to a hearing if desired. 

2. Before any new rules can be 
promulgated, public hearings must 
be held. 

Inasmuch as the bills si>ecifically 
refer to regulations, orders; and in- 
terpretations ot statutes, the FCC 
would be immediately affected. 
While the FCC generally has af- 
forded the Industry opportunities to 
present views before adopting rules 
or procedural regulations, the legis- 
lation would have the effect of re- 
establishing the trial, examiner sys- 
tem which was abolished in the in- 
terest of 'efficiency' last fall and 
would broaden the judicial review 
features — ^now subject of controversy 
— of the Communications Act 
Court Appeal Important 

The broad definitions in the statute 
mean that every action of the FCC 
would be subject to review by the 
courts, with aggrieved applicants 
permitted to go to the nearest ap- 
pellate court, not necessarily to the 
D. C. Court of Appeals, in seeking 
relief from an' unfavorable decision. 
Under the Logan bill; any party to 
a proceeding has the right of appeal, 
and a 'controversy' specifically ia 
eludes, 'any refusal to grant any li. 
cense, permit, or other privilege.' 



An elaborate appeal system within 
the agencies would be required. Per- 
sons aggrieved by decisions of any 
officer or employee of any agency 
could appeal for a hearing before a 
review board, which would be com' 
pelled to make written findings and 
a decision, which In turn is subject 
to approval, disapproval, or modifl' 
cation by the head of the agency. 
Furthermore, the final action would 
be. appealable to the courts. 

The most important aspect of the 
proposed reform, as far as the broad- 
casting industry is' concerned, is the 
opportunity to have the courts scru- 
tinize every decision. Any circuit 
court would automatically have Jur- 
isdiction in an argiwient where one 
party was dissatisfied. The decision 
could be set aside if the judges de- 
termine the findings' of fact are 
'clearly erroneous' or not supported 
by 'substantial evidence,' If no find- 
ings of fact were made, if the de- 
cision was issued 'without due notice 
and a reasonable opportunity. . .for 
a full and fair hearing,' if the deci- 
sion goes beyond the agency's juris- 
diction or infringes the Constitaition 
or any Federal statute. 



pugnant to, the provisions of the. 
Communications Act of 1934, as 
amended.' 

The Commission erred in constru- 
ing the provisions of the Communi* 
cations Act of 1934 and particularly 
Section 310 (b), 'petition declared,' 
,as conferring any jurisdiction 
upon it to pass upon the purely pri. 
vate or business phases of the lease 
agreement between Alabama Poly- 
technic Institute, University of Ala- 
bama and Alabama College (Board 
of Control— Radio- Station WAPI) 
and the Voice of Alabama, Inc., and 
to grant or deny the application in 
question upon its concept of those 
considerations and without regard to 
the statutory standard established by 
the Act' 

Private affairs of the interested 
parties 'do not touch upon or in any 
manner affect the ability of the pro- 
posed lessee to operate Station WAPI 
in the public interest' it was con- 
tended. 



KTSA, SAN ANTONIO, 
TO TAYLOR SYNDICATE 



San Antonio, June 6. 

Group headed by O. L. (Ted) 
Taylor has bought KTSA, San An- 
tonio, from Hearst Radio, Inc. 
George W. Johnson will continue as 
the station's manager. 

Taylor's associates in the deal 
are Gene Howe, owner of the Atchin- 
son (Kan.) Globe, and T. E. Snowden 
who with Howe has controlling in- 
terests in two other newspapers and 
stations KGNC, Amarillo, KFYO, 
Lubbock and KH.GV, Weslaco. Howe 
tried to buy the old Southwest Group 
before Hearst took It over in Febru- 
ary, 1935, but other matters inter- 
vened. 



CBS ACT LIST LONGER 



Wlnl Shaw, Mayer and Evans, Orth 
BeU Getting a Whirl 



WinI Shaw, Ray Mayer and Edith 
Evans (Mrs. Mayer), vaude perform- 
ers, and Orth Bell, were signed to 
management contracts by Columbia 
Broadcasting's Artists Bureau last, 
week. Miss Shaw was signatured 
for two years, Mayer and Evans, 
five months, and Bell for five years. 

Bell may go sustaining on CBS 
Immediately. His 'Uncle Jonathan' 
character aired from WAAT, Jer- 
sey City, for a long stretch. 



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Wednesday* June 7, 1939 



RADIO 



VARIETY 



23 



LIGHTER ASCAP PENALTY 

GOPyRIGHT FINE 
lILL BE GUT 



Also Total Amount for Any 
Single Infraction to Be 
Limited— Okay with Webs 



N.A.B. UNPLEASED 



N.A.B. Committee Meets 



Copyrights committee of the 
National Association of Broad- 
casters spent Monday and yes- 
terday (Tuesday) in New York 
going over data which has been 
gathered for use in negotiating 
a new contract with the Amer- 
ican Society of Composers, Au- 
thors and Publishers. 

While there are 12 members 
on this committee only three or 
four will do the tallcing with 
John G. Paine, ASCAP general 
manager. 



Washington, June 6, 
Path for passage of new copyright 
legislation, falling short of many 
broadcasters' wishes but affording 
some relief from the present bur- 
dens, was reported clearing this 
week as result of secret huddles by 
numerous interests concerned over 
music protection. Bills due to be 
put in the hopper before the end of 
the week, with passage problematical 
because of the drive for adjourn- 
ment and continued dissatisfaction 
from some radio quarters. 

Modification of the statutory pen- 
alty provision— chief worry of the 
radio industry — appears definitely 
set. Removal of the minimum dam- 
age award, which was proposed in 
legislation sidetracked in 1935 and 
1937, will not be attempted, despite 
continuing pressure from NAB. 

As things stand, the State Depart- 
ment is pulling every possible wire 
to get the long-pending International 
Convention ratified again and to 
bring about agreement on revision 
of the antiquated U. S. statute be- 
fore the pact becomes applicable to 
this country. Treaty has been re- 
ported out of the Senate Foreign Re- 
lations Committee once more and is 
now on the calendar. 

'Everybody' But — 
Virtual compromise acceptable to 
everyone but the NAB was worked 
out in New York last week, accord- 
ing to word reaching Capitol Hill. 
The principal point settled as far as 
most participants are concerned was 
the penalty clause of the statute, 
which NAB insists has been used as 
a club to compel broadcasters to 
take out licenses on terms dictated 
by American Society of Composers, 
Authors, and Publishers. 

Tentative draft of new bill 
says maximum penalty for in- 
fringement shall be $150 for orig- 
inating station, - $25 for each 
other station, but not more than 
$2,000 damages for any single 
violation of copyright no matter 
how many stations may be 
hooked-up. 

This provision reputedly is agree- 
able to the networks, since it bridges 
the gap between groups insisting on 
'clearance at the source' and those 
who contend that every offender 
should be liable to the full penalty. 
But the spokesmen for CBS and 
NBC still have not promised uncon' 
diUonally to go along on such a for 
mula, noting they are representing 
the smaller stations through their 
participation in the NAB talks. The 
indies -are balking on the ground that 
the fuU responsibility should . be 
placed on the originating station and 
that no specified minimum should 
ba allowed by law. 

Majority sentiment Is in favor of 



throwing out the idea of copjTight- 
ing renditions. Though the record- 
ing companies still are clamoring for 



protection for their Individual plat- 
ters) the bulk of the groups in on 
the negotiations have decided against 
such a provision, although reputedly 
the bills w;ll extend the protection 
for motion picture films to the sound 
tracks. 

Prospects of Congressional action 
have Improved considerably since 
ASCAP has displayed a willingness 
to lighten the penalties. In past 
years, friends of the copyright pool 
have talked to death bills which 
would remove the statutory mini- 
mum, although the Duffy bill slid 
through the Senate four years ago. 
With ASCAP ready to go along, brief 
hearings are likely despite the 
broadcasters' continuing dissatisfac- 
tion. 

The NAB stands virtually alone in 



attempting to have the minimum 
a\yard feature eliminated. In the 
past, the only support has come from 
the hotels and certain theatre owner 
groups and many of these are be- 
lieved to be satisfied with a smaller 
compulsory license fee clause. The 
motion picture producers always 
have stood with ASCAP on insisting 
that the. principle should be pre- 
served and presumably will stick to 
this position at this time, giving 
radio no aid. 



32 for Don Lee 



Los Angeles, June 6. 
Don Lee chain has added another 
California station, KYOS, Merced. 
Network total now 32. 



'CIRCLE' FOLDS 
BUT DUE BACK 



'Kellogg Circle' exits the NBC 
(WEAF) red link with the July 9 
stanza, after 26 weeks. Slated to re- 
turn in October, with the new spot 
and talent setui^ undecided. 

J. Walter Thompson is the agency. 



Art Glllham, who has been filling 
sustaining spot on WSB and WAGA, 
Atlanta, for two years, has landed 
a commercial for Byers Ice Cream 
Co., on WAGA. 




COLUMBUS 

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SOOOwflnSDAY 
1000 WATTS NIGHT 

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MR. JONES: Now look here, Mr. Emcees youVe had all 
the best of this quiz business. Suppose you 
answer a few questions for a change. 

EMCEE: Well — this — ah — this is sort of reversing 
things, isn't it? But go ahead, I've heard a 
lot of answers. 

MR. JONES: All right. Can you cite a list, showing the 
wide range of products advertised on the 
Blue Network in 1939? 

EMCEE: Certainly. Men's hats, tobacco, ginger ale, 
breakfast food, kitchen cleanser, shaving 
cream, petroleum products, magazines, 
radios and radio tubes, paints^ iron and 
sheet metal. 

MR. JONES: Do you know how many advertisers have 
taken advantage of the Blue Network's new 
plan, which enables them to "go national" 
on a modest budget? 



BLUE IS THE BUY-WORD IN 1939 

*Get the whole story from any NBC office 



EMCEE t Yes sir I No less than 34 advertisers have 
taken advantage of it, and are now cashing 
in, with wider Blue Network coverage 1 

MR. JONES: Correct again, Mr. Emcee. 100% for you^ 
too. You've been right all the way. 

EMCEE: You bet I'm right — and so are the adver« 
tisers who have taken advantage of the 
substantial savings of the new "Blue" dis« 
coimtplan!* 



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Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



FIRESTONE RESUMING 

TnuuerlpUons Dne Back on Air In 
the Fall . 

Firestone's 'Voice of the Farm* 
transcriptions are due to resume in 
the fall Toward the end of their 
first — and experimental— s e a s o n, 
about 80 stations were on the list 
As many, or more, stations are ex- 
pected in the fall. 

For years the Firestone use of 
radio was limited to the decade-old 
network muslcales. This was a pro- 
gram to sell tires to farmers. Or- 
chestra and quartet. The Revelers, 
supplemented interviews conducted 
by Everett Mitchell but arranged by 
farm editor Sam Guard, who got the 
rights to use the names of farm 
'champions,' impersonated by pro- 
fessional actors. 

World broadcasting cut the series. 



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WOODYARD BOSSES 
WSMK STAFF SHIHS 



Dayton, O., June 6. 
Stanley M. Krohn has retired as 
general manager of WSMK and his 
successor, Ronald B. Woodyard, for- 
merly of WALR, ZanesviUe, is ar- 
ran^g to Install an entirely new 
staff. Krohn will continue as pres' 
. Ident and retain his Interest In the 
corporation. 
' Woodyard's first replacement Is 
Paul Bradley as chief engineer. 



Frank Provo Serial Sold 
By Collins to Swansdown 

Dramatic serial, "My Son and I,' 
show offered for several months by 
the Ted Collins Corp., has been 
bought by General Foods.' With 
Betty Garde and Kingsley Col ton it 
starte as a 16-minute five- time week- 
ly strip on CBS Oct 9 In behalf 
of Swansdown-Calumet Time's not 
set but itH be between 2-3 p.m. 

Kate Smith show, currently air- 
ing for Swansdown, takes over the 
selling of Grape Nuts when It re- 
sumes after the summer layoff. 'My 
Son and I' is an original by Frank 
Provo.i One episode of It guested 
' on the Smith show six weeks ago 
and ani ther Is down for June 22. 



McRINCH OUT OF HOSPITAL 

Philadelphia, June 6. 

Frank R. McNinch, chairman of 
the Federal Communications Com 
mission, was discharged last week 
from Hahnemann Hospital, where he 
had been a patient since May 1. 

Treated for colitis, McNlnch's do& 
tor said he was 'practically cured.' 



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MAJOR DECISIONS 



NoHh Carollnai Application of Nathan Frank for a Btatlon 
to be operated on 1600 ko with 100 watte at New Bern, nixed 
by the Commleh. Original plea was deelgnated for further 
hearing when doubt about Prank'e nnanclal ability arose. 
Upon advlsal that the appllcnnt would not appear In person 
and that no evidence would be offered on his behalf. Com- 
mleh attorney olfered a motion to dismiss the application 
with prejudice. Greenville Broadcasting Co., of Qreenvllle, 
appeared as respondent. 

Request was dismissed with prejudice, Commlsh 
issue with applicant's failure to submit evidence of sufficient 
finances. James H. Hanley represented Frank. 

Texaiis Frequency chanite, power boost and Increase in 
hours of operation okayed for KFRO, Voice of Longvlew, 
located at Longvlew. Considerable Increase In coverage was 
Involved In the application and little Interference to exletlng 
transmitters expected. Changes Involving would 
largely bo endorsed by James R. Curtis, president of the 
applicant corporation. . 

Switch In freduency would be from 1370 to 1S40 Kc. with a 
change In power and hours ot operation from 260 watts days 
only to 1 kw day and night, using a directional antenna 
during nighttime operation. Tranemltter would be moved, 
locally. . . 

No other station eervea all of the day and nighttime areas 
which would be served by KPRO under the proposed aselgn- 
meht, Commleh found. Night service would be of particular 
value to the community, to carry some of the local activities 
for which the station hna had to procure special authority In 
the pasL Some question of slight Interference to WCOA, 
Pensacola, Pla., but this Is overridden, apparently, by current. 
Interference to the Florida station from WSPD, Toledo, O. 
KFRO will be limited, however, to approximately Its 3.4 
millivolts per meter nighttime contour by WCOA, which 
will be the 'predomlniiilt eource of Interference' to KFRO 
under the proposed change. 

Squawks were registered by KOCA, Kllgore, and KGKB, 
Tyler, on grounds that the Texas tranemlttere might be ad- 
versely affected It the KFRO plea were granted because 
some advertisers might use the facilities of the major station, 
even though they would not secure any trade from the re- 
mote area. This tendency might result In a loss ot patronage 
by the objecting stations. It was argued. Record contains 
no evidence In support ot the KOCA and KGKB wall, how- 
ever, Commlsh decreed, 

.Blmer "V, Pratt and James R. Curtis appeared tor KFRO. 



MINOR DECISIONS 



Washington, June 
Alabunat WBHP, Wilton Harvey Pollard, Huntsvllle, pre- 
sent license extended temporarily to June M on' condition 
that hours ot operation comply with Rules 161 to 163, In- 
clusive; experiment and' operation comply with Rules 126 and 
143, Inclusive, and frequency control and check comply with 
Rules 144 to 147, Inclusive; WCOV, John S. Allen end O. W. 
Covington, Jr., Montgomery, granted assignment of license ot 
station WCO'V to the Capital Broadcasting Co., Inc. 

Alosliat KOBU,. Ketchikan, present license further ex- 
tended upon a temporary basis only, pending determination 
on the application tor renewal, but In no event longer than 
July 1. 

Arlionat KOT, Phoenix, referred to the Commission en 
bane the motion to dismiss and return application ot KOAC 
for construction permit to Install new transmitter and an- 
tenna, move transmitter and Increase power. 

CaUtomUl KHUB, Wataonvllle, license extended on tem- 
porary basis only, .pending receipt of and determination upon 
request for renewal, btit In no event longer than July 1; 
World Peace Foundation, Oakland, denied as In cases ot 
default application tor new International broadcast station 
becauee applicant failed to file a written appearance. 

CamMeUoot: WBRT, Waterbur^, license extended on . tem- 
porary basis pending Commleh determination upon request 
tor renewal, but In no event longer than July 1. 

Haridss- WTAI,, Florida Capitol Broadcasters, Inc., Talla 
hassee, present license extended temporarily until July 1, 
pending determination on renewal application. 

Oeorjilai WRBU Columbue, license extended' temporarily 
pending action on renewal application, but in no event longer 
than July 1. 

Hawallt KRBC-KGMB, granted authority to transfer con- 
trol ot the Hawaiian Broadcaeting Co., Ltd. (licensee ot 
KHBC, Hllo, and KGMB, Honolulu) to the Consolidated 
Amusement Co., Ltd. — also granted petition to reconsider 
and grant without bearing the applications tor renewal ot 
licenses tor KOHB-KRBO (case of objection removed). 

Indiana! WGRC; New Albany, granted authority to transfer 



control 6t corporation from Charles Let Harris to Charles 
Lee Harris and a A. Clsler, Jr. 

Hassachasetlsi WAAB, Yankee Network, Inc., Boston, 
granted renewal ot license on temporary basis only, on the 
express condition that It Is subject to whatever action may 
be taken on pending request for renewal and for construc- 
tion permit. ■ Renewal application was designated for hear- 
ing to be heard with the Mayflower Broadcasting Corp. ap' 
plication for facilities of WAAB. 

Mlnnosota: KVOX, Moorhead, dismissed motion to deny ae 
In default request for frequency change from 1600 kc to 1840. 
ko and power Jump tram 100 watts nights, 260 watts days, 
to 600 watts nights, 1 kw days. 

Mew Jermji WHOM, New Jersey Broadcasting Corp., Jer- 
sey City, Commlsh having under conelderatlon the application 
for renewal of license ot WHOM, from Nov. 1, 1938, to May 1, 
1939, and a petition to grant same without hearing, granted 
said application and. petition (Commissioner Payne voting 
'no') and renewed the license to Nov. 1, 1939; 

Mew Uextcoi KR^A, J, Laurence Martin, Santa Fe, granted 
voluntary assignment ot license to New IiTexlco Broadcast- 
ing Co. 

Moeih Cnrollnai WBIO, Greensboro, granted petition to 
reconelder and grant without hearing request tor authority 
to Jump day power from 1 to 6 kw. 

Oklahoma I WBBZ, Ponca City. license extended on tem- 
porary basis only, pending receipt of and determination upon 
requeet tor renewal, but In no case longer than July 1. 

Oregoni KAST, Astoria, same as above. 

Fennsylvanlai WHAT, Public Ledger, Inc., Philadelphia, 
granted authority to transfer control of corporation to Bon- 
wlt-Teller A Co.; WBAX, John H. Stenger, Jr., Wllkes-Barre. 
denied petition to reconsider and grant without hearing re- 
quest, for renewal ot license. 

Vtahi KVNU, Cashe Valley Broadcasting Co., Inc:, Logan, 
present license extended to June 23, pending receipt of ap- 
plication for consent to transfer control ot station; RSUB, 
Leiand M, Perry, Cedar City, present special temporaFy au- 
thorization extended on a temporary basts only for the period 
ending July 1, subject to whatever action may be taken on 
any formal application tor regular authorization that may 
be submitted with respect to KSUB, and subject further to 
the condition that nothing contained In said special tempor- 
ary authority shall be construed as a finding by the Com- 
mlsh that the operation ot the atatlon Is or will be In the 
publlo Intereet beyond the express terms hereof. 

Termoati WQDM, Regan & Bostwlck, St. Albans, present 
license further extended on a temporary basis only, for i 
period of one month from June 1, pending receipt ot addl 
tional Information requested by the Law Department. 

Vlrdalai WCHV, Charlottesville, granted authority to 
transfer control of corporation from Its present stockholders 
to Mrs, Hugh M. (Nancy) Curtler. 

West VlrglnlRi Clarence H. Frey and Herbert O. Greever, 
denied with permission to withdraw without prejudice and 
file a new request, the petition for leave to amend applica- 
tion to change frequency from 1200 to 1310 ko, 

NEW APPUCAHONS 

Alasfcat RINT, Edwin A. Kraft, Juneau, boost power from 
260 watts to 1 kw, make changes In transmitting equipment. 

Callfornlat Earle C. Anthony, Inc., Los Angeles, new tele- 
vision station to be operated on 60000-66000 ko with 1 kw 
A-8 and A-6 emission; The May Department Stores Co., Los 
Angeles, new television station to be operated on 60000-66000 
ko with 1 kw, A-3 and A-6 emission, 

Kansas) KANS, Wichita, authority to transfer control of 
corporation from Charles C. .Thels, to stockholders (to Herb 
HoUleter, 48 shares common stock); KGNO, Dodge City 
Broadcasting Co., Inc., Dodge City, make changes In equip 
ment. Install vertical antenna, boost power to 260 watts 
nights 1 kw days. 

Omgont KXL, Portland, Install new transmitter and dlrec 
tlonal antenna for day and night use, change frequency from 
1420 to 730 kc, boost power from 100 watts nights, 260 watts 
days, to 10 kw, change hours of operation from sharing with 
KRPS, Portland, to unlimited, move transmlttor locally. 

TAisat KIUN, Jack W. Hawkins and Barney H. Hubbs, 
Pecos, Jump day power from 100 watts to 260 watts, make 
changes In equipment. 

Woshlngtoni KWLK, Longvlew, change hours ot operation 
from days to unlimited, with 260 watts power. 

Wisconsin I Head ot the Lakes Broadcasting Co., Superior, 
new high frequency broadcast station to be operated on 26300 
ko with 1 kw. 

Tlrglnlat WBTM, Danville, authority to transfer control ot 
corporation from S. C. Ondarcho, W. P. Hetferman, C. A. 
Barker, J. A. Herman, U R. Wyatt, B. J. Wyatt, A. B. Car 
rlngton, Jr., F. B. Leggett,.W. B. Gardner, Jr., Harry Spencer 
and U N. Dibrell, to. L. N. Dlbrell, 226 shares common stock, 
+ 



RORABAUGH'S STATISTICS 

Setup to Take National, EegloaaL 
Loeal Air Advertlslnr 

N. Charles Rorabaugh has organ* 
Ized a bureau. National Radio Ree« 
ords, which will compile monthly 
reports showing the broadcast busi. 
ness of national, regional and local 
advertisers in the various markets 
of the United States and Canada. 
Rorabaugh's setup will be similar to 
that of the Publishers Informatloa 
Bureau. 

It la Rorabaugh's intention to 
make the report on each market ln« 
elusive. The report on a given mar- 
ket will have to Include the busU 
ness of every station in it or else. 
The reports 'will be sold on a mar- 
ket-by-market basis. 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Jlmmle Fldler drew a year's re- 
newal as Procter & Gamble (Drene) 
picture commentator anid had his 
summer schedule reduced to one 
broadcast a week In lieu of a full 
vacation. He continues his Tuesday 
night program on CBS, muting tha 
Friday gossip on NBC through July, 
August and September. 

NBC last week received an execu- 
tive order for the Friday night time 
through June 21, 1940, sans layoff 
period, indicating that F&G may fill 
the spot until Fldler's return. Ha 
said he hadn't been consulted on a 
replacement 



*'Molly Picon's radio show is definitely a ivinner. A 
4eft combination of humor, pathos and song . • 

Ben Gross — Daily News, 

MOLLY 
P I C ON 

Just concluded a 2 year contract with 

MAXWELL HOUSE C0FF£E 

over 

WMCA 

in "I Give You My Life" series 

Tbanka to BENTON A BOWLES, Inc., and 
ADVEBTISEBS' BROADOASHNO CORP. 

Exdnsive Management WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY 
. Personal Bepresentotlvo MICHAEI. OOLDRETEB 



KWK'S 14-YEAR-OLD 
GIRL HIRED BY NBC 



° St. Louis, Jiue 6. 

Betty Barrett, 14-year-old singer 
at KwK, last week was set for a con 
tract to warble on NBC programs 
originating from Chicago studios, 
About 15 months ago when Bert 
Igou of KWK .was searching for 
new warbler, he discovered kid In 
his own neighborhood. She has been 
one of the station's warbling main' 
stays and several months ago NBC 
auditioned her on a chance that was 
held In abeyance until last week. 

Danny Seyfo^th, program director 
of- KWK, will remain with girl ud' 
til she Is settled in Chicago. 



.& G. RENEWS HDLER, 
SUMMER SKED HALVED 



WMCA Tries Solid Hour 
Of Highbrow Records 

Scrapping its dance music pro- 
grams between 11 p.ra.-midnlght 
each night In the week except 
Wednesday, WMCA, N. Y., starts a 
full hour program of recorded 
classical music Monday (12). Wed- 
nesday night exception is the Apollo 
theatre, N, Y., amateur program 
which the station has carried too 
long to interrupt 

Serious fare will range from light 
stuft to deep symphonic. Only ata- 
tlon lii New York to consistently air 
symph platters currently is WQXR, 



'Belatively Speaking* to WOB 
Interview program, 'Relatively 
Speaking* which had a short sustain- 
ing period on WNEW, N. Y., has 
been taken by WOR, N. Y. SUtloa 
has signed Morris Markey, former 
'Reporter At Large' for the New. 
Yorker magazine, to do the prob- 
ing. It brings to the mike relative* 
of famous people. Idea Is owned by. 
Leo Guild and Dave Altter. 

No starting date down yet but Itll 
be within next three weeks. 



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Wednesday, Jane 7* 1939 



June 26 Hearing May Setde 
FCC Right to Decide If Press 
Ownership Opposes Pnbhc Weal 



Washington, June 6. 

Preliminaries to a court test ot 
the FCC's right to rule on press 
ownership of radio stations were ad- 
vanced last week when argument 
was docketed on motion to call off 
scheduled hearing on the applica- 
tions for permission to merge 
WCBA and WSAN, Allentown, Pa. 
Combo would be owned by present 
proprietors with the publishing 
company having majority interest. 

Novel move to find out how far 
the Commish can go In preventing 
newspapers from expanding their 
radio holdings was placed on a spe- 
cial calendar and will be' threshed 
out before the full panel on June 
26, date when testimony taking was 
supposed to start at Allentown on 
the wisdom of allowing the owner 
of the community's daily sheets to 
control the sole local air outlets as 
well. 

The Allentown case presents a 
clear-cut issue, since the only point 
to be determined is whether the 
public interest will be served by 
building a full-time plant ourbt two 
part-timers. When the hearing .was 
ordered. Commissioner T. A. M. 
Craven filed a vigorously-phrased 
'dissent, arguing there is no justifica- 
tion for passing on such a question. 
Majority Owner 

Right ot the FCC to base Its final 
decision on the identity of the ma- 
jority owner was challenged in de- 
murrer filed by PbUip G. Loucks 
and Arthur W. Scharfeld, counsel 
for the parties in the matter. Seek- 
ing approval, without a hearing, the 
barristers called attention to a 
court opinion that there is nothing in 
the regulations or law which pro- 
vides a foundation for turning 
down a newspaper plea merely be- 
cause of the press connection. 

If the FCC persists ia going ahead 
with the hearing, an appeal may re- 



Plugs Bartender 



New Orleans, June 6. 

One local restaurant operator, 
taking advantage of the large 
mixture of nationalities of the 
New Orleans people, plugs away 
in his spots through WBNO that 
his bartender spealcs six lan- 
guages, namely— French, Span- 
ish, German, Italian, Chinese, 
and English. 

Ad invites all foreign tounguers 
to drop in and converse in native 
language — at no iextra cost. 



'STRONG AS A TIGER' 



Mabel Stark, Wild Animal Trainer, 
on Local Badio In Petrol TIenps 



Lincoln, June 6. 
Mabel Stark, wild animal trainer 
who toured for years with Al G. 
Barnes and other circuses, is now in 
radio under unique circumstances. 
Having spent much of her time In 
hospitals recovering from savage 
dawings from her pets, she is selling 
the knowledge she possesses of pow- 
erful critters. 

For a fee Miss Stark makes local 
radio appearances as she tours the 
country. She makes an analogy 
between the power of tigers and 
the power of any given gasoline 
(hat sponsors her. 



suit, although prior opinions of the 
appellate court indicate the question 
may be dodged. An injunction may 
be sought to stop the hearing, de- 
spite reluctance of the local Federal 
judges to obstruct the FCC in view 
of provision for review of a final 
decision which is unsatisfactory to 
applicants. 



5-Day Spiel Week 



Hartford, June 6. 

Five-day week policy for announ- 
cers has been inaugurated at WDRC. 
Station' previotisly had a six-day 
week. Under new set-up night an- 
nouncers in addition to their two 
days ofC have the third day free also. 

Daytime mlkemen have either pre- 
ceding or following half-day off. 



Bacher Blowing 
Texaco;Woollcott 
Subs for Drama 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Texaco Star Theatre will have a 
new producer when it returns to the 
air after, eight-week summer hiatus. 
BUI Bacher, who held rein for 39 
weeks, is bowing out after four more 
programs. Too much outside inter- 
ference by agency and Texaco execs 
blamed for the withdrawal. 

Petrol opus is dropping the drama 
spot after tomorrow's show (Wed.) 
and in Its place will be piped in 
from the East Alexander Woollcott, 
who will do a 10-minute dissertation 
on this and that No hint dropped 
yet to how the show will shape up 
on the new season. However, Texaco 
has reserved the same time opposite 
Fred Allen. 



Boake Carter Due Back 

Philadelphia, June 6. 

Boake Carter reported returning to 
the air in the fall. It is understood 
he will be sponsored by a New Jer- 
sey manufacturliig firm in which he 
has a sizeable financial interest 

Ex-web gabber currently lecturing, 
in addition to doing his daily news- 
paper column. 



Spot Campaigns 

(New, Renewed or Pending) 



H. Moffat Se Co. (Scotty Allen dog 
food), through Leon Livingston 
agency, spotting five weekly five- 
minute live talent programs, 'Dog 
Stories' with Ted Clifford, on KFRC, 
San Francisco through No. 3. 



Cook Products Corp. (Girard salad 
dressing), 'through Rufus Rhoades & 
Co., sponsoring 'Bess Bye' five-min- 
ute live program once weekly on 
KFRC, San Francisco, through Nov. 
3. " 



Calo Food Products, Inc. (dog 
food), through Pacific Radio Prod- 
ucts, Oakland, bankrolling Frank 
Wright's 'Pet Exchange* (live talent) 
15 minutes weekly on KFRC, San 
Francisco, through July 30. 



White LaboratorieB (Feenamlnt) , 
throug h W illiam Esty, New York, 
using KFRC, San Francisco, for 45 
100-word announcements, through 
June 30. 



Boaonl Coffee's 'Sunday evening 
newspaper ot the air,' by Peter 
Grant and originating on WLW, 
moved this week from KDKA to 
WCAE In Pittsburgh, feeding through 
the Mutual network. 



Leiffhton A NeUon has set on 
WGY, Schenectady, three 10-minute 
breakfast hour shots weekl y w ith 
Bradley Kincald, now at WTIC, 
Hartford, for United Baking, starting 
May 24. 



Koy ShnKs joins the Rambeau of- 
fice in New York. Was for past 10 
years space buyer with Compton 
agency. 



WTIC, Hartford, has acquired: 

Hecfcer Products, 65 quarter hour 
electrical transcriptions, 'Adventures 
ot Uncle Jimmy.' Placed through 
B3X>.&0. 

Sealtest Laboratories, Monday 
through Friday, one quarter hour 
electrical transcriptions for one year, 
'Your Family and Mine.' Placed 
through McKee & Albright Agency, 
Philadelphia. 

Stanco, Inc., 105 quarter hours 
electrical transcriptions, 'Meet Miss 



Julia.' McCann Erickson Agency 
placed. 

J. B. Williams Co,, 13 quarter 
hours electrical transcriptions, J. W. 
Thompson Agency placed. 'Gliding 
Swing with Bob Howard.' 

Joe tiowe Corp., 30 quarter hours, 
'Buck Rogers' electrical transcrlp. 
tions. Placed through Blow Agency. 

Miles Laboratories, 'Hoosier Hot- 
Shots^ and 'Vass Family,' 5 minute 
electrical transcriptions, Monday 
through Friday until further notice. 
Wade Advertising Agency placed. 

Polish National Home, weekly 
half hour live show, 52 times, 'Polish 
Music,' Tuesday nights. 

Charles Hanson Laboratories, one 
minute live announcements, Monday 
through Friday. 26 times. Mitchell- 
Faust Agency placed. . 

Feminine Products, Inc., one min- 
ute tifanscribed announcements, Mon- 
day, Wednesday, Friday, 27. times. 
Spot Broadcasting Agency placed. 

Otto Seidner, Inc., one minute 
transcribed announcements. Partici- 
pations in 'News for Women Only.* 
39 times. Lanphier & Schonf arber 
Agency placed. 

.Atlantis Sales Corp., one minute 
live announcements, 60 times. Starts 
Sept 11. Placed through J. W. 
Thompson Agency. 

Wander Co., 25 word flashes, three 
times ^er week unil further notice, 
starts Sept 19. 

Southern New England Telephone 
Co., 'Conn. Neighbors with Jerry 
Belcher,' 13 half hour live programs^ 
Mondajrs, 9:30-10 p.m., starts June 
12. Placed through B£J).&0. 

American Thermos Bottle Corp., 
news participations, 48 times. Keel- 
ing & Co. Agency, Indianapolis. 

Com Products, 331 25 word flashes. 
Hellwig-Miller Agency. 

Broum Thompson, 30 news par- 
ticipations, Julian- Gross Agency, 
Hartford, placed. 



American Snuff has bought two 
15-minute periods ot the WLW 
New Orleans Dawnbusters early 
morning show for next 13 weeks. 
Will use usual cast of Staff Orches- 
tra, and Audrey Charles, vocalist 




* * 



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FROMAN 



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NOW AT 

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* Starting Sunday, June 11, on the Gulf Oil Program 

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Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



RADIO 



VARIETY 27 



Commish Won t Be Pushed 



Ignores Efforts of Lawyers to Expedite Watertown 
Case Long on Docket — ^Denies Hannibal Petition 

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Washington, June 0. 
Despite rebukes from the D. C. 
Court of Appeals in other similar 
proceedings, FCC last week refused 
to expedite final decision of the 
Watertown,^ N. Y., case which has 
been on the agenda for more thaft 
two years. Motion asking cancella- 
tion of order for new hearing on 
applications of Watertown Broad- 
casting Co., Black River Valley 
Broadcasts, Inc., and Watertown 
Times was denied without explana- 
tion. 

Move was attempt to force a solu- 
tion to the controversy, which has 
been before the Commish since the 
summer of 1936 when Black River 
crew won the nod and then had its 
papers snatched back as a result of 
pressure from high Democratic cir- 
cles. In trying to end the stolling, 
Black Riverites pointed to the re- 
cent court rulings that in recon- 
sidering decisions, the Commish 
cannot ring in new parties and dif- 
ferent issues. The grant was va- 
cated in December 1936, when an 
order was adopted calling for com- 
plete rehearing, although Black 
River people had spent considerable 
money erecting a tower and ready- 
ing studios. 

' At the same time, the Commish 
denied the petition of the Hannibal 
(Mo.) Courier-Post, party to an- 
other similar tiS over proceduie, 
asking grant of the annlication for 
a new local transmuTer. Three 
months ago, the appellate court re- 
versed the FCC decision denying 
the rag's request for a construction 
permit for a transmitter operating 
on 1310 kc. Judges held the appli- 
cant showed sufficient need for 
service, declaring the finding that 
public Interest would not be pro- 
moted by another outlet was arbi- 
trary and capricious. Now the FCC 
has ordered further hearings. Unk- 
ing the sheet's application with that 
of Hannibal Broadcasting Co. 



Makelim Joins KCMO; 
Begins With a Journey 

Kansas City, June 6. 

Larry Sherwood, manager of sta- 
tion KCMO. last week hired Hal 
Makelim as commercial .manager. 
Make lim was recently with station 
KITE and was manager of the sta- 
tion in 1937 under its former deslgna- 
Uon of KXBY. MakeUm wUI go 
east contacting agencies in New 
York and Chicago. 

Jack Neil resigned as salesman- 
ager at KCMO to take over mana- 
ger's desk at KOME, Tulsa, Okla- 
homa. Another addition to KCMO 
is announcer Bob Gregory, formerly 
with WBT, Charlotte, N. C, replac- 
ing Morlin Murphy. 

Meanwhile KITE gets new pro- 
duction manager in Jack StlUwill 
from WLS, Chicago. 



BIG PUSH TO 
POPULARIZE 
VTMJSHOW 



Milwaukee, June 6. 

What Is probably the first Impor- 
tant attempt to change listening 
habits in the early morning hours Is 
ceen In the spectacular promotion 
built around "T op o ' the Morning,' 
d aily f eature on WTMJ. 

WTMJ is giving 10 radios away 
each day to listeners during the 
can4>aign, the theme of which is 'Get 
Acquainted' with Top o' the Morn- 
ing;' its entertainment, news and 
cervlce features and Bill Evans, the 
personable chap who conducts the 
program. 

: A unique device is used to dis- 
tribute the 10 radios each day. Dur- 
ing each Top o' the Morning' pro- 
gram, a musical number played Is 
announced as the 'gift song.' Then, 
Immediately after the program. Bill 
Evans makes personal calls in Mil- 
waukee. He rings boorbells, intro- 
duces himself and asks if fhey heard 
Top o' the Morning.' If anyone in 
the household can name the 'gift 
■ong,' the home Is awarded a midget 
Tedio. 



Paul WlUIams Joina WWJ 

Detroit, June 6. 

Paul Williams, formerly of KOCY, 
Oklahoma City, joins WWJ here to 
vrrite and produce The Sports 
Parade,' heard six times weekly for 
15 minutes under aegis of Brown & 
Williamson Tobacco. 

At KOCY Williams did a man-In 
the-street program for Junge Baking 
Co, 'Sports Parade' for Seven-Up 
and football broadcasts for Royal 
Crown. 



AUrAural KGNF 



North Platte, Neb, June 6. 

KGNF believes in ear-selling 
all the way. 

Sales force will not write let- 
ters, nor will the continuity de- 
partment submit copy to adver- 
tisers. Salesmen call in person, 
and the continuity gang reads 
the copy over the phone so u.e 
advert'-or will know how it's 
going to sound when it comes 
out of the loudspeaker. 



FCC Takes Threatemog Attitude 
Toward Leases Made in Secret 



Brownwood, Texas, Bid 
Opposed by WBZ-WBZA 

Brownwood, Tex., June 6. 

Application has been m.' * : by 
Mayor Wendell Mayes and asso- 
ciates of this city for permission to 
operate a 990 kilocycle, one kilowat- 
ter. In the daytime only. FCC has 
been told population and' trade of 
this city is sufficient to support a 
station and that churches, ' schools 
and civic organizations woiild be al- 
lowed use of the stiation. 

WBZ and WBZA, Boston-Spring- 
field NBC'ers have objected. 



Washington, Jime 6. 

Punitive action against station 
proprietors who slilfted control over 
their properties without FCC con- 
sent was feared last week. Followed 
disclosure that Commish lawyers are 
digging deeper into certain situa- 
tions brought to light last March 
during the chain-monopoly inquiry. 

Hearings- to' detenhine whether 
the license, of certain transmitters 
should be revoked are possible, al- 
though no decision has been reached 
yet as to the next move to force 
respect for Section 310 of the Com- 
munications . Act Hint was given 
when the FCC a fortnight ago issued 
only a short-term renewal to 
WQDM, St Albans, Vt 

While no detailed explanation was 
forthcoming, commish declined to 
grind out the regular six-month 
ticket because la-wyers have not 



completed a supplemental Inquiry 
based oh testimony obtained during 
the chain-monopoly proceeding. 
Probers discovered that Glen D. Gil- 
lett consulting engineer, virtual^ 
nms the station as result of an 
agreement to clear up money dif- 
ficulties. Engineer maintained he is 
only an advisor on operations, but 
record shows he foots the blU for 
any losses and has an option to buy. 

The commish at the same time is 
looking into a couple of other sit- 
uations which did not appear to con- 
form to the law, it was said. One 
of the stations being reprobed has 
been on a temporary license basis 
for many months and was in a jam 
a few years back while the other 
received a six-month renewal ■ 
while ago after questions had been 
raised about the effect of an agree- 
ment under which time is sold In 
targe blocks to a broker. 



W)odlots and 
Crossroads and 
WLW 



A study of the rural listening haljits out here in the heart of the nation ia 
about ready to supplement our recent 13^ity Survey. Daring recent 
weeks we have told the industry the story of the job that WLW does in 
the 13 cities in which our RosS'Federal and Alberta Burke Qnncidental 
Surveys were made. In WLW's effective sales area, however, 65.19% 
of the radio listeners live in towns having populations of 25D0 or less— and 
it is in this rural market that WLW Is most appreciated, becaus<e it con^ 
tributes most. • For this reason, through the Ohio Farm Bureau News, 
the Hoosier Farmer, and the Kentucky Farm Bureau News, an unbiased 
study of the listening habits and station preference in this rich farming 
area was made and is now being concluded. We believe it will not 
only make it possible for advertisers, but ourselves as well, to secure an 
even better understanding and an even better insight into the programs 
which rural WLWJand prefers. ' 

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Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



Fight Telecast M£. 



(Continued Irom page 1) 



slipped In without Interrupting the 
audience's view of the proceedings, 
visio seems well suited to cover 
fights from that standpoint, too. 



ers' expressions or even of precise- 
ly where the punches were landing. 

In one of the preliminary scraps 
the iconoscope was moved up for a 
closeup of the battlers, but that was 
not repeated. It did bring out the 
fighters' faces and revealed their 
movements much more clearly, but 
it lost the comprehensive quality 
afforded in the long shots. It was 
always easy to distinguish between 
the two fighters, as the different 
color of their hair and Individual 
stances and mannerisms were al- 
ways obvious, even when their 
trunks showed up alike. 

It was mostly in the use that was 
made of the medium, however, that 
the show disappointed. Apparently 
the iconoscope was at ringside level, 
which gave nowhere near the com- 



NAN WYNN 



ON 



'TIME TO SHINr 

Tuesdays 10 P^, EDST 
CBS Network 

Mgt.: Columbia Artists, Inc. 



"Allen Prescotfs 'DonH 
Forget' ineures several wel- 
come chuckles." 

Ben Gross, 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 

"DON'T FORfiET" 

ALLEN PRESGOn 

Fridays, 8:30-9 P.M., WJZ 



prehenslve view nor perspective af- 
forded in fight pictures, which are 
taken from a tower looking down 
on the ring. Also, latecomers thread- 
ing through the aisles or ringsiders 
who occasionally stood up would in- 
variably block off the view. 

Despite radio's proficiency in 
handling such events, to say nothing 
of the skill of the blow-by-blow 
spielers, a prizefight is still some- 
thing to see. What's more, the ele- 
ment of uncertainty, always missing 
in fight films, is a viUl factor in 
television. So it potentially com- 
bines the best features of radio and 
the reels. 

What's more, because of the small 
area in which the action takes place 
as well as the fact that night bouts 
are always brilliantly lighted, that 
the iconoscope can presumably be 
brought comparatively close to the 
subject and that all the principals 
can be kept constantly in vision, 
fights would seem to offer an ideal 
field for television. That NBC's in- 
itial attempt was only partly suc- 
cessful was of minor importance. 

In having a special mike. for the 
telecast, NBC obviously recognized 
that the normal radio blow-by-blow 
spieling would be unsuitable. But 
faced with the first assignment of 
its kind, Sam Taub proved pretty 
much of a washout as cominentator. 
He seemed unable to realize that 
the audience could see the scrap and 
repeatedly described the ' action. 
Since he was none too accurate, the 
results frequently had those in the 
studio laughing outright. 

Taub at least realized that Baer 
was taking a severe trimming and 
brought that point home to his hear- 
ers, who might otherwise figured the 
ex-champ's wild swinging held a 
threat to Nova. • But even in the 
small reproduction an experienced 
fight fan could see the wide super- 
iority of Nova's sharp and business- 
like punching over Baer's haphazard 
hay-makers and sporadic sparring. 

Rights for this telecast, which was 
a frank experiment, were given 
gratis by the fight management. No 
such arrangement would become 
permanent practice, of course, but 
it is evident that telecasting of all 
important fights may easily become 
the rule. Since commercials can be 



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Hurt Gate In London 

London, May 30. 
Brigadier-General A. C. Critchley 
thinks selling of radio and television 
rights of the Armstrong-Roderick 
battle had a lot to do with the pro- 
moters finishing heavily in the red. 
Loss on the contest is put at around 
$40,000, and they only got 5,000 fans 
into the arena. Critchley indicates 
he will think twice in future before 
saying yes to British Broadcasting 
Corp. 

Opinion In the boxing world is 
not unanimous, though supporters of 
the view declare radio commentaries 
on the fights are so popular that 
gates must be hard hit. in addition 
they claim BBC fees are a joke, and 
in fact Corp. pays below $400 a 
broadcast. ' Television rights bring 
in more, but even if Harringay au- 
thorities got 40% of the Odeon the- 
atre take that didn't make so much, 
for all the fancy price of $10 top 
stuck on for the event, as house was 
half empty. 

Opposition school of thought 
makes great play with the fact 
broadcasting and television of the 
Boon-Danahar title bout and the 
Farr-Burman set-to, l>oth from Har- 
ringay, failed to prevent these events 
drawing s.r.o. biz. In their view, 
reason for the Armstrong-Roderick 
floppo was that the fans expected a 
one-sided fight with the British lad 
outclassed. 

Derby Telecast Poor 
Television of the Derby for the 
second year again provided a mo- 
ment's intense thriU as Blue Peter 
flashed by the post, but beyond that 
the telecast was an expose of BBC's 
limitations and an Indication the 
process has still far to go to be up 
with the leaders in the entertain- 
ment stakes. Race itself was a vivid 
piece of drama, in parts definitely 
bettering last year's results, with 
improved definition, and brightness 
and clarity certainly drawing nearer 
to news reel standards. 

However, general presentation was 
poor, due to BBC ambling along 
with meagre and faulty' equipment 
and with' no dear idea of showman- 
ship beyond spinning out the cover- 
age to fill as much of the afternoon 
air session as could be. 

BBC was operating three cameras, 
which not only aimed to cover the 
finish, leading in of the winner and 
general massing of details on the 
track and the Epsom downs behind, 
but also had to serve for the start, 
taken with telephoto lens at a direct 
distance of half a mile. This is ob- 
viously no way In which to treat so 
key a subject, which demands plenty 
of angles and close-ups, and above 
all a clear, detailed . picture of the 
start of this turf classic — with, of 
course,, a head-on flash of the winner 
streaking home with the bacon. 
Corp say this would be impossible 
to achieve and co-ordinate with their 
facilities. In consequence news reels 
leave television miles behind, and, 
in fact, there was no visible differ- 
ence in the treabnent accorded the 
race last year and this. Where there 
was improvement, it was purely 
mechanical. 

Also a bad mark to BBC is that 
one of the three conoscopes was 
off song throughout the broadcast, 
putting smudges on the screen, and 
at times so covering the image with 
cloud effects as to blot out the sub- 
ject of the shot Other weaknesses, 
like slight waviness of the image and 
a faint tendency to tilt off at sides of 
the screen, could be pardoned. 

Inexcusable were long boring se- 
quences where the cameras panned 
over track and heath, coming to rest 
on general shots of crowd, fun fair, 
etc., which conveyed nothing, but a 
blurred jumble with little or no 
movement Mid-shots were better, 
including arrival of Duke and 
Duchess of Kent both plainly recog- 
nizable, while leading in of the 
steeds and unsaddling were so clear 
that their jockeys were identifiable. 



Detroit June 6. 
Believed to a record for a single 
station, CKLW here is now carrying 
a total of 15 hours of commercial 
programs weekly for Sam's Cut Rate 
Department Stores. At present 
skedded to run until October. 

Shows cover all hours of the day, 
running intermittently from 8 a. ja. 
till 2 a. m. from five to seven days a 
week, and comprise all types of live 
programs. 

Sked includes 30- minutes of Joe 
Gentile's morning show, six days a 
week; 30 minutes of the 'Shopper' 
(Mary Morgan) at 11 a. m., five days 
weekly; 30 minutes of orchestra, vo- 
calist and m. c. at 6 p. m.', five times 
weekly; and one hour of Larry Gen- 
tile's 'Dawn Patrol' show, from 1 to 
2 a. m., seven days a week. 



Mrs. Schaefer Qoits WFIL 



Philadelphia, June 6. 
Mrs. Margaret Schaefer, assistant 
general manager and program direc- 
tor of 'WFIL, resigned unexpectedly 
at\noon yesterday (Monday) follow- 
ing continued disagreement with 
Roger Clipp, g.m. of the outlet on 
policy and administration. Mrs. 
Schaefer hurriedly packed up her 
belongings Euid scrammed before the 
afternoon was out. 

Named assistant g.m. last fall, after 
the resignation of Don Withycomb as 
manager of the station and the ap 
pointment of Clipp to succeed him, 
Mrs. Schaefer had been at WFIL 
since 1937. 

Mrs. Schaefer several times be- 
fore has gone to Sam Rosenbaumn, 
prez of WFIL, with her resignation, 
but each time he straightened out 
the difficulties. 

Vernon Crawford, top gabber on 
the outlet, also resigned last week. 



Belcher in Connecticut 

Hartford, June 6. 

Starting Monday (12), Jerry 
Belcher does a weekly half hour in- 
terview with Connecticut residents 
tor the Southern New England Tele- 
phone Company over WTIC and 
WICC, New Haven. A take-ofl on 
his 'Interesting Neighbors' on both 
red and blue of NBC, it is tagged 
'Connecticut Neighbors.' 

Belcher will visit Nutmeggers In 
various parts of the state and remote 
his interviews to WTIC which will 
feed to WICC. Skedded for 13 
weeks. First interview is aboard 8 
boat anchored at Milford. 



RADIO NEWS AS 
WINDOW SHOW 



. Philadelphia, June 6. 
Traveling Newsroom' will be in- 
stituted by WFIL next weejc. En- 
tire news set-up, including INS 
printer machines, will be moved into 
the windows of various stores in the 
n)idtown area and the regular news 
broadcasts will be made from them. 
Spectators will see the entire oper- 
ation of the airings from the time 
dispatches are torn from, the ma- 
chines, including . the rewrite job 
when necessary and the work of the 
engineer, who will also sit in the 
window. 

In each cas^ the store will split 
with WFIL the $72 a. week cost for 
lines, moving the machines and 
other incidentals. If the idea works 
out well in town it will be extended 
to important nabe shopping centers. 



Elliott Sharte joins announcer staff 
of WSA'V, Rochester, replacing Bill 
Folget who quit to become a cub 
reporter on the Rochester Times- 
Union. Harland Evans added to 
WSAY commercial staff as advertis- 
ing salesman. 



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Louisville, June 6. 

Gllmore N. Nunn, president of 
WLAP, Lexington, Ky., has named 
Ted Grizzard as station director and 
Ed Willis as commercial manager. 
Grizzard has been program director 
for the past four years. 

Nunn, who is publisher of the 
Lexington Herald, operates, in addi- 
tion to WLAP, staUon KFDA, new 
outlet in Amarillo, Texas, and 
WCMI, Ashland, Ky., (subject to 
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RADIO 



VARIETY 29 



Gerald Cock of BBC 
AskedW. Hays to Release 
American Shorts for Tel« 



London, May 30. 

Back from his trip to New York 
to 0.0. visio progress there, BBC 
television director Gerald Cock scut- 
tled into hiding to dodge the pencil 
and notebook boys anxious to get his 
reactions. It's a way they have at 
BBC, because Press stories must be 
officially okayed. - Cock, after con- 
sultation, will probably invite In the 
lads for a formal interview on the 
outcome of his visit. 

He got caught unawares by one 
snooper as he came oft the boat train, 
and then admitted .to conversations 
with the Hays office, at which he 
suggested the picture industry should 
release shorts to BBC to fill out its 
daily schedules. Said he would talk 
over this angle with the trade if in- 
vited by them. 

In pursuance of policy as indicated 
above, this statement drew an offi- 
cial denial from th^ Corp. 



PAR, DUMONT PARLEY 
ON TELEVISION CO-OP 



Hollywood, June 6. 
Paramount and DuMont are get- 
ting together on the wedding of the 
arts pictures and television. Morti- 
mer LiOewl, board chairman of Du- 
Mont, Is here conferring with stu- 
dio officials .on some kind of a work- 
ing arrangement 

' Paramount is partner of PuMont, 
having bought a half interest in the 
visio company. 

Du Mont is planning a station at 
Glendale, Calif., near Hollywood. A 
corporation set up for the purpose has 
Paul Raibourne, many years with 
Paramount and head of the statisti- 
cal department of the company, as 
president. 

Televish organization also Is pre- 
paring to build a transmitter in Pas- 
saic, N, J. 



Calyln Jackson And Bob Magee, 
letum to WHAW, Reading, Pa. 



E. E L BIG SCREEN 
TELECAST PRETTY GOOD 



London, May 30. 
Electric and Musical Industries, 
biggest radio and recording trust in 
this country, after secretly working 
many months on a process of big 
screen visio, exposed the results this 
week, when they staged the Derby 
transmission at a private presenta- 
tion. System is based on the 
Cathode tube principle, and projects 
picture 15 feet by 12 feet 6 inches 
from a unit located 40 to 50 feet 
either in front .of or behind the 
screen. 

As demonstrated, outAt gives the 
most brilliant Image yet achieved, 
and deflnition also shows clear ad- 
vances on similar scale efforts as 
previously viewed here. Lens and 
tube distortion have been largely 
eliminated, ' and system certainly 
looks set to go places. 

E. M. I. state they are' ready to 
go into production, and are ogling 
the West End theatres with a view 
of getting an Installation to serve 
as show window. 

Eekman's Dicker 

Preliminary dickering took place 
between Sam £ckman, Jr., and the 
E. M l.-Marcohl group with a view 
of putting visio into Metro's big Em- 
pire in -Leicester Square. Hasn't 
yet got any de^nite - place. Eckman 
saw a private demonstration of 
company's new unit several weeks 
back. He's the British manager for 
M-G. 

Scophony also saying they will 
next install the Odeon at Swiss Cot- 
tage, which is outside the West End 
fringe, and that their system Is due 
into another key 'house in the central 
belt That would make eight thea- 
tres with big television screen, be- 
yond which Baird are under con- 
tract to put equipment In one or 
more Gaumont-British cinemas. 



Wbeelahao to New Tork' 

New Orleans, June 6. 
Harold Wheelahan, general man- 
ager of WSMB, left here Friday 
night (2) for New York. 

Attending special meeting of Copy- 
right Committee of the National As- 
sociation of Broadcasters. 



FILM MEN CALL ON BRITISH POSTMASTER 
BUT HE NEVER LEARNS WHAT THEY WANT 



N. Y. (NBC) Television 



Jane 7 

(8:30-9:30) Bert LyteU In The 
Valiant'; Kim Loo Sisters; Allan 
Prescott. 

Jane 9 

(8:30-9:30) EUa Logan, Buck 
and Bubbles, Billy Daniels, Mary 
Parker, Joseph Rines, Bob Nel- 
ler with 'Reggie' (dummy). 



Television Atop Empire 
Requires PJL Fixing 
At Hotel Block Away 

(Thief engineer at the McAlpin ho- 
tel Is readjtisting amplification sys- 
tem now that Johnny Messner has 
moved his band up on the roof.. Re- 
cent tests showed that the close, 
proximity of the television transmit- 
er atop the Empire State building 
cut into regular working of the am- 
plifiers. 

Not known what was responsible, 
but believed that the hotel's public 
address system Is affected by the 
short wave operation of the tele- 
vision broadcasting. Hotel manage- 
ment is seeking realignment so that 
sound effects will not cut in on any 
speechmaking or other amplication 
at the spot - 



Another Television Corp. 

Albany, June 6. 

United States Television. Manufac- 
turing Corp. has been chartered to 
manufacture and deal in radios and 
television sets. Capital stock is 
$150,000, $1 par value. 

Directors are: J. B. Milliken, P. H. 
MlUiken and L. P. Jubien, New York 
City. 



Protesting Television Committee Suddenly Discovers 
It's Not United — Split Widens After Strange 
Session . 



. London, May 30. 

Recent delegation of film people to 
Postmaster-General on the television 
issue has promoted amusing situ- 
ation. After exhibs and distribs 
thought they had agreed on a case, 
they met the Post Office boss — but 
then, instead of presenting a common 
plea, split two ways and came from 
the interview with P.M.G. in total 
ignorance of what they truly wanted. 
Thereafter, the two trade parties. 
Cinematograph Exhibitors Ass'n and 
Klnematograph Renters Society, met 
again, and found the cleavage of 
view had widened to an unbridge- 
able abyss, C.E.A. representatives be- 
ing rent in twain with diametrically 
opposed versions of the situation. 

Distribs for the most part declare 
there ain't no good in visio where 
the theatre is concerned; It will di- 
minish playing time and markets for 
their products .and ought to be re- 
garded purely as home entertain- 
ment the. Industry, having no part of 
it Whiie sponsoring that view, they 
had not however, taken into the 
reckoning television affiliations in 
Amerlcia of Paramount (with Du 
Mont) or the subsequently' an., 
nounced collaboration between 20th 
Century-Fox and Gaumont British 
in developing the Baird system. 

Some of the exhibs agree with the 
view, though not for the same rea- 
sons; their slant is that Introduction 
of big. screen visio is giving an added 
handle to the circuits and more sub- 
stantial interests, and that the indies 
wiU suffer, both on account of the 
fierce competition and because of a 
product famine which would con- 
ceivably ensue. But that's only one 
angle; the . opposition section, wel- 
come visio, on account of the way It 
would strengthen their bargaining 



power with the distribs, while they 
also aver it will help to revive flag- 
ging public interest in their theatres. 
At the same time, this section ex- 
pects safeguards by way of BBC con- 
trol of fees, and latest Inside dope 
is that this policy is being recom- 
mended to the P.M.G. by his Tele- 
vision Advisory Committee. 

Situation means C.E.A. and K.R.S. 
cannot meet again till the main bat- 
tle has been fought — and It may be 
a lengthy affair — though each' side 
individually will review develop- 
ments. Exhibs particularly will use 
their annual convention In Blackpool 
end of June as a forum on which to 
flog out the pros and cons. 

News theatre section of the exhib 
side is one group that lines up 
against visio, and its representative 
organization is seeking an Interview 
with P.M.G. to urge him' to keep' it 
for home distribution. 



WHB Reyamps News DepL 



V Kansas City, June .6. 

Radio news department at Station 
WHB undergoes complete revision , 
effective this week. New set-up will 
be based on INS wire with nina 
broadcasts dally, four general news 
and* five departmental or feature 
blasts. 

Bob Caldwell, Jr., gets tagged as 
department head under title of chief 
commentator, with Gene Cnim as ' 
radio ■ reporter, M H. 'Mouse* 
Straight as news editor, Frank Bar- 
hydt as city editor and Ernie Whit- 
ney handling sports. Josephine 
Jobes and • Phyllis Sebree will 
handle women's and society depart- 
ment 



BY POPULAR ACCLAIM, THE MOST OUTSTANDING 
SINGING GROUP ON THE AIR " 



The MERRY MACS 



Season 1938-39 .... 

BRISTOL MYERS* FRED ALLEN "TOWN HALL TONITE" 
VITALIS "FOR MEN ONLY" 
GUEST STARS WITH: 

Al Jolson 

Al Pearce 

Benny Goodman 

Four Consecutive Weeks at the NEW YORK PARAMOUNT 
Immediately Re-Engaged to Return in September! 
Recording Exclusively for DECCA 
Warner Bros. Pictures 
RCA Television 



Season 1939-40 . . . . 



SIGNED TO RETURN WITH FRED ALLEN TO 
HALL TONITE" 



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HARRY NORWOOD 
46 Rockefeller Plaza • Radio City • New York 
Circle 7-5681 



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VARmtY 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday* June 7, 1939 



•BT KATHLEEN NOBBIS' 
Serial dimnut 
15 Mlns. Lenl 
BISQVICiK (Genenl MUb) 
Dally, 1:<S p. m. 
KTW, Philadelphia 

(Knox-ReetJM) 

This is a 13-week test campaign 
bt a new show employing dramatiza- 
tions of popular Kathleen Norrls 
novels. Show is pumped to KYW 
from NBC studios in New Yorlt. 
Writing and production is by Phillips 
K Lord, Inc., but the Utie 'By Kath- 
leen Norrls' will suggest to listeners 
she actually writes the radio scripts. 

Mrs. Norris is the author of some 
60 books and hundreds of short 
stories and serials for magazines and 
syndication. Her »• jne is deemed 
box office. This is the- first time her 
work has been adapted to radio. Al- 
though there were some doubtful pe- 
cidlarities as heard Monday on the 

getaway, if the show holds up to the 
iterest of the initial stanza— short- 
ened by considerable explanatory 
^terlal— it offers hope for some- 
thing better than much of the cur- 
rent daytime script drivet 

First novel to be ethered Is 'Wom- 
an in Love.' No indication was given 
of how many episodes it will be di- 
vided into.. It is the story of a young 
girl, just out of convent school, and 
her tribulations with her family— all 
broke and broken down actors — 
when she falls in love. Ijocale is San 
Francisco, home lot of Kathleen and 
Charles Norris, both novelists. 

Tee-off was neatly done except for 
the unxisual procedure of the char- 
acters slipping out of their roles to 
address the "radio audience* directly 
wlth 'baduround material.: Inasmudi 
as the backgroimd provided was eas- 
ily gathered from the script it seemed 
unshowmanly and a needless tech- 
nique. Introduction, by a voice sub- 
bing for Mrs. Norrls, and the en- 
trance fit the principal character was 
well handled. 

Commercials were considerably 
shorter than usual daytime brand— 
the usual practice for the first time 
out Herb. 



•OBDEB OF ADVENTDBEBS' 
With Admiral Blohard E. Byrd, CoL 
Theodore Baosevelt, Dr. Bey Chap- 
muk Andrews, Lowell Thomas, 
Cspt Faux Bebenberg 
StiBIIns. 
Sttalntng ' 
Monday, 8 b. m. - 
WJZ-imc, New York 

This program's a natuiaL Built 
somewhat along the lines of the 
Floyd Gibbons idea of culling the 
countiT tvt adventure' stories, it has 
the advantage ol the reservoir ol 
close calls undoubtedly experienced 
by most of the above cast of explor- 
ers, travellers and gadabouts. Idea is 
to have listeners write to the Adven- 
turers and detail their experiences. 

win be selected for airings with 
the writer making a personal ap- 
pearance. Issued to those accepted, 
as Club insigntai are gold buttons. 

On the initial alrlnS (5), beside a 
tale miked by a memb», two guests 
were on t^. First was Vincent 
Sheehan, foreign correspondent for 
the Chicago fribune, and Howard 
Keys, soldier from Fort Totten, Bay- 
side, L. I. Sheean recounted his ex- 
perience of December, while 
trying to fulfill an' imtornient to in- 
terview Ab-dd-hifan, BiSten rebel 
leader in Spanish Morocco. Keys told 
of rescuing two women itoxa a sight- 
seeing trip up an Hawaiian semi- 
active volcano. BoOt were hair- 
raisers. Roy Andrews told of nearly 
freezing to death in a situation in 
Asia. 

Tales are. made doubly effective 
through the make-belienng iA an 
excellent cast which dramatizes the 
guests' stori^ And the snilne-tin- 
gllng musical backgroimd of the or- 
chenra directed ^ Jostnh HontL 
{^liarles Warburton scr^ts. Ben 
Crauer announces. 

Entire 30 minutes, as far' as Byrd 
and Co. Is concerned is Inftwmai, it 
being made dear early that no titles 
were to be used. ifMiitng is rife 
and seems spontaneous. 

P. S. WhUte USaSar the stories the 
epedcer has to sit In a chair said 
to be once owned hy Marco Polo. R 
communicates mystic qoalUIes of hn- 
aglnatlOD. 



'WHEN A GIBL WABBIES' 
With |iAb Baby, Noel Hills, Frances 
Weodbary, Bd Jerome, Michael 
FItzmanrlce, Irene Winston, loan 
letiel 
IS Mh>9. 

PBCDENTIAL INSOBANCE 
Dally, 2:45 pan. 
WABC-CBS, New York 

(Benton & JSowles) 
Insurance, long high on the list of 
missing radio business, shows a dis- 
position to bestir itself, partly be- 
cause it has been taking a bad drub- 
bing from so-called radio 'counsel- 
lors' who are telling the public quite 
frankly that any advice- from an In- 
surance axent is biased and unre- 
liable. There are two types 
of policy singled out for attack— one, 
the endowment, and two, the' indus- 
trial. This radio program ballyhoos 
the industrial-type with weekly pre- 
miums (25c is mentioned) so that 
it is possible to know from the com- 
mercial copy that the program is in- 
tended to please 'D* and 'E* homes. 

Seldom does casual listening to a 
serial furnish tlte reviewer such a 
clear clue to what aod who the spon- 
sor is driving at Obviously, 2Sc-a- 
week burial insurance (|6d0 benefit) 
>laces this one very accurately in 
ncome and I.Q. level; and the enter- 
tainment as sucli, may, for once, be 
judged in proper focus. 

'Wtien A Girl Marries' seems more 
than likcjy to please a large diare 
of tite atidience at wliom it is beamed 
via some 50-odd CBS statitms. . It is 
hoke from a master-hand, Elaine 
Sterne Carrington. And as acted and 
directed it ke^s the emotional pitch 
in simple, unmistakable terms. If it 
was. a tune, a diild cotdd wbisUe it 
The episode caught had 'our set' 
in a small' town gathered at dinner 
to hear the announcement of the en' 
gagement of Joan and Pliil. Mean' 
while, Joan has taken a sudden shine 
to a newcomer to town, one Harry. 
Harry doesn't know she's en- 
gaged. The triangle permits glimpses 
through the trellis-work of a domi- 
neering mama who is not going to 
let daughter ditch the rich guy to 
marry a noliody. And there's a 
mama and a 16-year-old brother of 
Harry for whom the poor guy is 
flnanciallv responsible. Love t>eglns 
its first 13 weeks with social, sexual, 
family, dass and meddlesome com- 
plications. Oh, yes, the poor young 
man works for Josin's father. 

There is a sort of plaufjible realism 
to the heavily-plotted story. The 
characters are clearly dra-wn to fit 
the 72-point letters in which eadi is 
labeled. The babble at the dinner 
table was easy to follow. In fact 
the program possessed a thorouahly 
professional fluidity. JmrA. 



ELLIOTT BOOSEVELT 

Commentator 

15 Mlns. 

EMBBSON KADIO 
T-T-S; 7:15 pjn. . 
WOB-HBS, New York 

President's son has been doing a 
commentary over Texas state net- 
work, of which he is head, for two 
years. Under Emerson radio spon- 
sorship he now goes on Mutual 
coast to coast 

Radio career man of the first fam- 
ily speaks well, a tribal custom. His 
tone timber is very similar to his 
famous dad's. 

Devoting most of his time to in- 
troducing himself to new listeners 
and explaining that he intended to 
put future tense, i.e. prophecy, into 
the news Roosevelt did not on his 
Saturday, hearing (3), . give a very 
concrete example of what he him- 
self said his talks would be like. 
He alluded to the Jews stranded on 
the German liner and the sudden 
outbreak of piety in H^de Park. His 
most significant remarks and the 
only eyebrow-raiser of the starter 
was his frank drumrthumping for 
John Nance Gamer as president in 
1940. He said parenthetically there 
would tie free Emerson radios as 
prizes for tlie' best letter sent him 
on topics of the day and one of the 
topics of the day was whether any 
president sltould serve a third term. 

Roosevelt handles the commercials 
himself a la Boake Carter, hcmi. 



■NEWS AND BHYTHH' 
With Todd Hunter, Dave Bacal, Carl 

Hohengarten oroh. 
30 Mlns. 

DABI-BICH (Bowey's, Inc.) 
Sunday, 11 ajn. 
W^C-CBS, New York 

~ rSt«icfc-GobeJ) 
With Dave Bacal and the Carl 
Hohengarten orchestra occupying 
most of this 30-mlnute morning 
siesta and Todd Hunter doing his 
familiar radio reporting, ttiis new 
show from Chicago (WBBM) stacks 
up well despite too heavy thumping 
for the chocolate drink. 

Hunter's reporter stint covers 
'freak' type of yarns and humorous 
events culled from the ticker. No 
late flash matter. Style he employs 
in reading odd tales puts 11 over. His 
effectiveness is considerably reduced 
by ha-ving to- spiel commercials too 
frequently while Tommy Bartlett 
announcer. Is silent 

Bacal lends color to the musical 
portion with his novachord instru- 
mentalizlng of Deep Purple' and 
mnnet in Jazz.' Topflight entry for 
this 'music. 

Hohengarten's crew of 16 (CBS 
outfit) carries along nicely between 
Hunter's tall tales and Bacal. 

WeoT; 



XBTTEBS TO THE PUBLIC' 
With Bany Hine^ BiU Miller, 
Hans Kolaar, Bebble Sehwan and 
Ids Belter 

15 Hlnst— Local 
UNITED CHABTTIES, INC. 
Sunday, 10:30 
WEW, St. Loots 

Interrupting the routine of its 
weekly 'Letters to the Public' series 
to make a contribution to Memorial 
Day in the shape of a gripping drama 
the moral of which was a vigorous 
preadmient against war and its dire 
consequences. United Charities, Inc., 
sponsor of the series, uncovered a 
talented juve whose performance 
makes him worthy of further sur- 
veillance. Barry Mineah, cast as 
'Bobby' son of a world war veteran 
who finally succumbs to injuries, en- 
acted bis role with the zing of a vet 
and was an outstander. 

The story deals with a meeting, 
after death, between Jack' Mclntyre, 
an American, and Hans Mueller, a 
German whom he bayonetted to 
death in a shell hole into wliich he 
wandered when lost in a battle, 
Bobby, Mclntyre's son, in a dream, 
is present at the meeting in the 
celestial realm and participates in 
the conversation that finally results 
in Mueller for^ving Mclntyre and 
the latter exacting a promise from 
his son that he will devote his energy 
in fighting the forces that cause war 
with its resulting death and misery 
to combatants and non-coml>atan6 
alike. 

The horror angle was reduced to a 
minimum. Script -written by Rol>ert 
called for lots of throat 
and was produced cou' 
Harry E, McCiain pro- 
Sahu. 



ED EAST'S 'NAME IT AND TAKE 
IT' 

Kid Novelty 

30 Mins^aeal 

DB. BBOWN'S CEL-B-T 

Friday, S pja. 

WJZ, New York ■ 

CHumbert & Jones) 

This looks a cinch to do a bang- 
up job for the beverage and to ex- 
tend beyond the present single mar- 
ket experiment Ed East has. fash- 
ioned a program with surefire ele- 
ments both as to entertainment and 
merchandizing. To the basic for- 
mula which had a bright approach 
and a practical simplicity. East; 
'veteran broadcaster and vaude- 
villian, brings a hard-bitting, un- 
remitting pressure that buoys up the 
proceedings and skillfully obviates 
any pauses or lapses. His handling 
throughout was a near-classic exam-, 
pie of a radjio performer putting his 
heart into the job. It had aU the 
tautness of a performance at the old 
Palace. 

Strictly for kids, the program of- 
fers » slick way to stir up whole- 
some excitement among them. Many 
adults will be amused. The pronam 
a quiz with a difference. Eadli 
child pidcs a package (of varying 
sizes). East reads a jingle which 
hints at the contents, of the paclcage. 
If the kid guesses correctly he gets 
the ctmtenta, plus a silver doflar, 
>lus two bottles of Cel-rey. If fati- 
ng there's 25c for effort and two 
Iwttles. of Cel-rey. 

The program bespoke much 
Uiougiit and i»eparauon. TJttere 
was attention to small 'details and 
shrewd calculation. The boxing 
gloves foe example, was the one 
prize that most completely capti' 
vated the kids. Whereupon Capt 
Eddie (as East is called), exploited 
the spiritual yen of the kids. Bottle 
caps can be added up to swap for a 
similar set of nose-massagers. Pro 
pam represents a consistently tight 
>ut never forced integration of the 
prize t>alt with the program fun. 

There are several light interpola- 
tions. East evoked comedy hisses 
and boos when asking 12-year olds 
what their favorite baset>all team 
was. Some said the Dodgers, oUters 
ttte Giants. In each case there was 
an explosion of partisan feeling 
from the audience. All very amus- 
ing: and lively. 

In mid-program a. singing bee 
with specially written lyrics brought 
some good clean diversion as a 
lireather. (The big studio at NBC is 
used.) Here, as in the jhtgles, the 
note of preparation and effort de- 
serves- social commendatiim. The 
only picayune flaw that might be 
mentioned was Capt Eddie's slight 
tendency to over-use tlie word 'now* 
in starting sentences. That could get 
monotonous. Nora Sterling, radio 
old-timer, is assisting East oh the 
program. It lookslike they have 
come through with a bull's-eye. 

Land. 



Schulman 
tightenhig 
vfncingly. 
duced. 



•LETTEBS BOBir (Frm Fair) 
With Bay Peifete, BeieB B. BeueM, 



15 

WBSTINOBOVSE 
Sunday, S:<5 fA. 
WJZ-NBC, New Ywk 

Westinghouse ^ipears to have 
solved the problon of keepiitf Its 
name and elaborate exhIUt buflding 
at the New York fair before the 

gubUc with this show. And also 
ulld constdeieble goodwill witii out- 
of-town visitors. Sunday session 
brings four new letter-writing win- 
oiers before the mike eadi 'wed; 
briefly delivers its message and still 
manages to be entertaining. Four 
most interesting 'letters home' 
weekly mean $15 for the epistle 
scribler and same for the recipient 
Then the best letter re^d on the air 
splits $60 In same way. 

Bay Perkins^ piano-playing, shtger 
and punster, well suited to mx., 
aided by H^en K Bennett as his 
assistant postmaster. Perkins handles 
the winners at^IUy and with mini' 
mum of by-play. Besides pIul 
the fair, the Westlnghouse buil( _ 
at the exposition Is held up to radio 
listeners as a 'must visit* spot 
Hilton Cross spiels. Wear. 



FOLLOW-DP COMMENT 



•AFFAIBS OF ANTHONT 

aawtlc Serial 
U BUn. 
SusiaiBliig 
Dally, 5d* fja. 
WJZ-NBC, New York 

WMtten. l^ a Milwaukee advertis- 
ing -woman, Sandra Michael, and 
presented from NBC's Clilcago 
t«andi under the direction of Wimn 
Wtlght this sentimental piece con- 
cerns Anthony Marleybone Hamil- 
ton, an orphan . who discovers he 
ain't Serial 'was tried out by NBC 
last year and is back for another 
.tiy. It. rates the opportuni^ for It 
lias been done quite nicely in the 
realm of radio small-town &mily 
dramatics. 

The episode reviewed was con- 
cemed witt the Interview wherein 
the Mphan learned from a lawyer 
he was ttie heir to the Marleybone 
acres. It then jumped to the old 
homestead where the maiden aunts 
and their eccentric housemaid, 
Baker, got the news and tipped <m 
that they are fine old chips out of 
the G«ae Strattoh-Porter block. 
Eccentrics,, with hearts of water- 
melon size, they're a cinch to adore 
the reappearing Tony Marleylione, 
lost son of their beloved brother, 

It would seem milHons of average 
Americans would find the goings-on 
and the people worth Imowing. 
Nicely acted and produced. Land. 



NBC blue network has launched a 
novelty audience participation prO' 
gram, also ushig professional per- 
.formers. It's called 'The Order of 
Adventurers.' Leslie Bain brought 
the idea into the house and. is its 
director. George Ludluih handles 
scripting and Roy Maypole the re- 
search. An NBC house band back- 
grounds. 

A jury judges the tales told by ad- 
venturers. Admiral Byrd, Col. Theo- 
dore Roosevelt Lowell "niomas, Capt 
Felix Riesenberg and Roy Chapman 
Andrews iare the present jury. Pro 
fessional actors handle flashback 
dramatizations of the adventures re- 
ported by the guest personages. 
Vincent Sheean, the novelist and 
Howard Keys, a private in the U. S, 
Army, spun autobiographical yarns 
on the getaway Monday (5). 

Program sits its adventurers in the 
Marco Polo chair (guaranteed au- 
thentic). 



MATTY HALNECK OBCHESTBA 
15 Mins. 
PALL MALL 
Thursday, 7:1S pjn.. 
WABC-CBS, New York 

(Ywng & .RuMcam) 

Matty Malneck, alumnus of Paul 
Whiteman and now conducting a 
dance orchestra on the Coast brings 
to PaU Mall a summer quarter hour 
which wiU give ttiat cigaret an 'in' 
with the small circle to whom ex- 
ee^vely stylized music appeals. It 
does not seem that Malneck's cross- 
ruffed melody quallfles as the' com- 
mon denominator of large segments 
of the masses. 

Swing' in classification but not the 
kind of jnnming that usually passes 
under that name. Rather the Mai. 
neck stuff impresses as musical ex- ' 
] lerlmentatlon. Leader has advance 
fleas. No doubt at that He is per- 
sonally ambitious to plow new fur- 
rows. But just now over the air and 
for the average ear the results carry 
a question mark. 

The listener is ever-consctous of 
the instruments rather than the 
music, the arrangements and tech- 
nique rather than any sense of pleas- - 
ure or any tendency to surround to 
a mood. Musicians and advanced 
meml>ers of the cult of hot jazz may 
fancy ttie game of ring-round-rosie 
which the lAalnedc violin, accordion, 
guitar, harp. bass, piano and tlmpam 
play on familar airs, The question is 
not whether be does what he- does 
well, or otherwise, but whether it's 
likely to appeal to people, what kind 
and how many. Land. 



Floyd Boberts, by an ironic twist 
in a broadcast from Indianapolis 
during the Voice of Firestone pro- 
gram over NBC the night before he 
met death in a triple crash on the 
Speedway, said hfs children and 
their playmates would be gathered 
around the radio home in Van Nuys, 
CaL, and this was one of the rea- 
sons he wanted to repeat -the victory 
(unexpected) in the 1938 500-mile 
classic. Roberts stated his young- 
sters would feel proud on hearing 
of their father's victory. He also 
wanted to win for Mrs. Roberts. 
Toward the end of the rather 
lengtliy cut-in. Roberts mentioned 
that he used Firestone tires not only 
in' racing, but on his private car 
and truck because he wished to 
take no unnecessary chances 'with 
the safety of my wife and children.' 

Day following the race news serv- 
ices ran lengthy stories from ttie 
sob angle which were picked up and 
dramatized on the air. 



JACK BEBCH and OBCHESTBA 
Transcriptions 
15 MlnSs 
GVLF SPBAY 
Wcd.^Frl., 1 P. M. 
WGY, Schenectady 

(YouRff & Rubicam) 
Bercti, who has warbled with _ 
small ordiestra on daytime house- 
hold product networkers. Is doing 
same type program on discs cut by 
Assodated Music of N. Y. Recorded 
spiels are for Gulf Spray, moth 
kiUer; station blurbs include Gulf 
gas and oil. 

Main aim apparently is at women 
listeners, who should find Berch's 
entertainment to their liking. He 
posseses a fair tenor voice and uses 
it well. Standard numliers and 
older pops are given a play. In' 
dicating audience visualized is well 
past the jitterbug stage. Even the 
orchestra includes yesteryear favor- 
ites. In addition to singing, Berch 
dialogs with Announcer Johnny 
King. A breezy, light comedy touch 
is sought Berch, of likeable per- 
sonality, leans to the intimate in his 
approach. 

Band is not large enough to make 
a sharp impression, but suffices. 

At signoff, an area dealer's name is 
mentioned. A dothes brush offer is 
made on the spray, price tabbed^ 
Nothing remarkable on these plat- 
ters, but for talent money spent 
results should be okay. Jaco. 

WOBLD'S FAIR BEPOBTER 

With Boss Johns 

Talk 

15 Mins.; Local 
Snslainlng 
Dally, 6:15 p. m. 
WNYC, New York 

Besides being information there's 
lots of swell human interest report 
ing in this daily quarter-hour. The 
material is gathered by the station's 
oiai staflman who spends the entire 
day around the Pair, and it's enter- 
tainingly documented and delivered. 

Descriptions of places and events 
are interspersed with anecdotes that 
are quaint and funny. "The program 
caught Friday (2) had at least two 
solid laughs; one story was about the 
old lady who was waiting for the 
show at the Magna Charta exhibit 
to begm just because the venerated 
document is set on a miniature stage, 
while the other had to do with a 
rural tourist who misinterpreted a 
request that he signature the regis- 
ter in one of the state buildings. 

Odec. 



'QUICKSILYEBT 

With Bobby Browa, Bansom 



Sher> 



Comedy Quia 
15 Mliis.-Loeal 

'nntis 

Tuesday, 6:15 pjn. 
WMAft, Chicago 

at. W. Kastor) 

New showing being tried here 
locally for the Lewis-Howe com^ 
pany's Turns product looks promis- 
ing. (Goes network on the NBC 
red web two weeks hence.) 

Public participation show tliat 
might be a bet for a tie-up with 
theatres that may work out to the - 
mutual benefit of theatre and spon- 
sor. For the local shot program is 
using public gathering places such 
As railroad stations, but may tie up 
with a loop theatre when show' goes 
network. 

Individual members of the audi- 
ence are asked to give the correct 
answer to riddles such as 'what is 
faster, heat or cold.' Answer be- 
ing, 'cold' since anybody can catch 
it Sbnple stuff and geared to the 
taste of the great mass of the pub- 
lic. For the correct answer the in- 
dividual is given as much as S16 In 
coin. However, even a miss is. 
worth a silver buck to the indi- 
vidual. For a mail tije-up there is ft 
coin return of $5 to each person who 
sends in a riddle usec( on the pro- 
gram. 

Bobby Bro-wn does smslrt experi- 
enced job in handling Interviewees 
on the program and in propounding 
the questions. Ransom Sherman 
didn't have much to do when heard 
and failed to hit the proper pace for 
this type of program. A louder and 
more exul>erant ^pe 
seemed indicated. 



of 



comedian 
Gold. 



LISA SEBGIO 
News Comment 
30 Mins^-4ocaI 
Sustaining 

Monday-Friday, 16 a.m. 
WQXB, New York 

Former announcer and commenta- 
tor (mostly on musical subjects and 
programs) for NBC, Usa Sergio is 
currently a prize item in the WQXR 
window. Althougji she's Italian-bom, 
she speaks perfect English, both as 
to grammar and pronunciation, and 
has an excellent but not too ani- 
mated voice. She wisely sticks to 
straight commenting, avoiding the 
outright feinme slant most gal spiel- 
ers affect Since all commenting 
inevitably is an expression of view- 
point her session has the feminine 
flavor without being overboard on 
housewifery. 

First portion of the shot is straight 
news reporting and rather objective 
commenting. Then there's a brief 
interlude of music, followed by a 
guest interview.' On programi caught 
Miss Sergio had Emuy Bax, author 
of a recent book about her experi- 
ences and memories as a clerical aide 
at the U. S. embassy in London- 
Proved an absorbing and colorful 
visiter, with plenty of interest to say 
and an unaffected way of speaking. 

All in all, it's a reasonably satis- 
factory program for a minor station. 

Kobe. 



Abe Lyman, Time Seller, 
In Voluntary Bankruptcy 

Abe Lyman, not the band leader, 
salesman for radio station WBNX, 
filed a voluntary petition of bank- 
ruptcy in N. Y. federal court Thurj; 
day (1), -luting liabiUties 'of $6^92 
and exempt, assets of $12,000 in the 
form of life" insurance policies. 

Among his creditors are Mitcheu 
Levitsky of WEVD. $200; McKiniey 
Sq, Theatre Building Corp., $»* 
and Isador . Lash, of the Hebrew 
Writers Union, $25. 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



MUSIC-DANCE BANDS 



VARIETY 



SI 



RAP MCA-CRA 'MONOPOLY' 



Hiring M( 



QuesHon of ATailability Right Where It Wa»--8S% 
of Credit* Represented on Present Committee 



Question ot floding a solution to 
the - controversy over availability 
classification is back to where it was 
months ago. The publisher faction of 
the ASCAP sitting as a classiflcatiob 
committee last .Friday (2). decided 
that the employment of ah "expert' 
for this task was unnecessary ^and 
that the problem might be' mini- 
mized if the membership of the spe- 
cial-availability committee, now con- 
sisting of seven publishers, were ex- 
panded. 

Publishers who have expressed 
dissatisfaction with their availability 
ratings^ received the report of the 
board's conclusions with various de- 
grees of cynicism. To this critical 
element it seems that the dominant 
figures on the board are more' de- 
termined than ever to take no 
chances on having their present roy- 
alty allocations disturbed. The pubs 
on the board represent over 45% 
of the total number of availability 
points. 

Tlie . availability committee Is 
slated to do some more classifying 
by the end of this month as a pre- 
liminary to the distribution of 
ASCAP's royalty plum for the sec- 
ond quarter of 1939. Little jockey- 
ing of current standings is expect- 
ed to come out of these availability 
meetings. 

During the Friday meeting the 
board engaged in a lengthy discus- 
sion over the ' proposal that Edwin 
H. (Buddy) Morris, former head of 
the Warner Bros, music group, be 
retained as a moderator of avail- 
ability ratings. Morris had asked for 
$7,500 a quarter and a contract for 
18 months. The proposition did not 
meet witii the board's favor. 



JACOB HANDELSMAN 
LOSES DEAL FEE SUIT 



Claim of Jacob Ilandelsman for 
$2,500 against Archie Fletcher, of the 
Joe Morris Music Co., was tossed out 
by Chief Justice Frank Wendell of 
the City Court last week before the 
case could go to the jury. Handels- 
man contended that the moiney was 
due him for negotiating for the sale 
of the Morris catalog to the Para- 
mount Pictures Corp. last fall. 

Fletcher, who eventually bought 
the firm, submitted at the trial a 
memorandum from Paramount coun- 
sel which indicated that all terms 
and conditions of the deal had not 
been set The court agreed that since 
there only had been a meeting of 
minds and no money had changed 
hands Handelsman was not entitled 
to a brokerage fee. 

J. T. Abeles represented Fletcher. 



Jack Davis of Australia 
Arrives in N.Y.C. Friday 

Jack Davis, of D. Davis & Co., 
publishing °flrm in Sydney, Australia, 
arrives in New York from England 
this Friday (9). He expects to close 
several agency dealj for American 
catalogs before' returning home. 

Davis recently got the Australian 
rights to 'Sunrise Serenade,' with 
Samuel Mannis, of the Alfred Music 
Co., acting for him. 



Little Jack Little Back 



Out of the band biz for some time, 
Little Jack Little returns at the end 
of this month with a new band now 
in rehearsal. He's tied to Consoli- 
dated Radio Artists. Goes into Pali- 
sades Amusement Park, Chicago, 
July 8 after opening June 2C with a 
series of one-nighters. 

Uttle has been in Europe for six 
months. His former band, now co- 
operative, is still around as the Mit- 
chell Ayres combo. 



Biggest for 1939 



'Deep Purple' (Robbins) takes 
rating as 1939's biggest eheet 
seller to date. The song has 
gone over '400,000 copies. 

The original piano version put 
out in 1034 Is still selling in 
huge quantities. 



LEADER-PUBS 
SEENASOVER 
SANGUINE 



The music publishers don't f^cy 
the idea of name bandmen suddenly 
becoming music publishers although 
taking the attitude that theyll -And 
out,' and - pointing to the heavy in-; 
vestment by Fred Waring in Words 
& Music, the Lombardos in Olman 
Music Co., and others who have es- 
sayed to become pubs. 

It's one thing for the bands to as- 
sist in making song hits, and oft- 
times of their own compositions, but 
it's something else again when the 
bandmen start .picking song mss. and 
think they'll plug their catalogs into 
hitdom. 



It's Colombia New 



' Albany, June 6. 

Anticipated change in the name of 
the American Record Corp. to the 
Columbia Retording Corp. material- 
ized last week. Counsel for Cl^, 
new owner of the recording group, 
filed notice of the substitution and 
on the same day obtained a charter 
from the secretary of state for the 
CRC to conduct business in New 
York state. 

Capital stock of the Columbia Re- 
cordine Corp. Is 100 shares, no par 
value. The American Record Corp. 
held a Delaware charter. 



New York offices and recording 
setup of Columbia Recording Co. 
(American Record) moves this Fri- 
day (9) to 799 7th Ave. It will be 
housed with branch studios of Co- 
lumbia Broadcasting. 

Columbia's platter factory !■ in 
Bridgeport, Conn. 



ISSUE DUE TO POP 
IIT ll.r.iyi. MLY 



Convention in Kansas City 
Also Faces the Spectre of 
9,000 Musicians Dropped 
Off Federal Rolls 



OTHER MATTERS 



American Federation of Musicians 
convention, which opens Monday 
(12) in the Mimicipal Auditorium, 
Kansas City, will be faced with a 
bitter wrangle over the allocation of 
network lines for the pi(^p of re- 
mote dance bands. Delegates from 
various eastern locals, including 
Pittsburgh, are expected to attack 
the setup which limits them to but 
an occasional web outlet. Joseph N, 
'Weber, AFM prez, it is understood, 
is prepared to answer this fire with 
an array of statistics showing that 
the comparatively small number of 
network hours available for such 
pickups makes a wider distribution 
ot facilities hardly possible. 

Indications have been given that 
the Music Corp. of America and 
Consolidated Radio Artists, Inc., will 
be singled out as critical - objects In 
the proposed attack on pick-up 
facilities 'monopoly.' It will be 
charged that through their con- 
tractual relations with the networks 
they have been able to sequester a 
huge share of the time made avail- 
able for remote bands. NBC and 
CBS deny that either organization 
has any guarantee of wires. 
' Other topics that will come In for 
major attention from the delegates 
are: 

1. The dropping of 9,000 AFM 
musicians from the rolls of the 
WPA's Music Project 

2. The launching of negotiations 
this fall of a new agreement With 
the broadcasting industry. 

3. The affect of the Social Security 
Lati; on musicians, with the Federa- 
tion contending that the vast major- 
ity of musicians do not come under 
the law's protection. 

4. The employment of pit mu- 
sicians in picture theatres, the dis- 
cussion of which problem has been 
put off indefinitely as far as ttie 
theatre circuits are concerned. 

OUier Peeve* 
It is believed that a move will be 
made to put an official ban on the 
making of phonograph records con- 
taining commercial announcements. 
Also records to be used for the ac- 
(C^ntinued-on page 33) 



Silar^with-Mal Role Adiqited 
By Perfonnii^ Artists Assodation 



Records and Hits 



Manner in which several sur- 
prise hits have started from the 
disks has the music men more 
record-niinded than ever. It's 
all part of the general renais- 
sance of the phonograph record 
business, and with the Increased 
'circulation' that means so much 
more opportunity for unusual 
recordings to make their im- 
press on the song's commercial 
chances. 

The recent 'Sunrise Serenade' 
Is an example, along with 'Beer 
Barrel Polka,' *If I Didn't Care,' 
etc. 



EU OBERSTEIN 
SAYS HE SPINS 
BYJUIYIO 



Contrary to rumors that the deals 
he had on fire to set up his own 
recording company had fallen 
through and that he had sought a 
position with one of the other re- 
cording companies. Ell Oberstein 
says that Iiis previously reported 
Soranton factory will start turning 
out records oh or before July 10. 
At the same time Larry ' Clinton, 
whose band was considered a sure 
thing for Oberstein's setup, was 
reported going back to Victor on a 
contract signed last Friday and 
starting recording today (Wednes- 
day). Clinton's Victor arrangement 
may be for single dates instead of 
a termer. 

Oberstein is opening offices in 
New York today (Wed.) and besides 
the bands which have been men> 
tioned as being under contract to 
him, reports he has contracts 
with Marian Anderson, colored so- 
prano,- and two American sym- 
phony orchestras. Latter bands he 
described as tops in radio and rating 
about third and fourth in American 
symph bands. They will - not -start 
cutting until the fall^ he says. As 
far as the popular bands he claimed 
to have contracts with at the tbne 
he split with Victor, Oberstein says 
they can record tor whom they 
please until he's ready to use them. 



New Outlets Must Help, Not Injure, 
Established Ones, Richmond's Theory 



GOLDKETTE'S CONCERT 



Called a Symph, It Will Be a 
'Modern' Synco Ban4 



First concert of the American 
Symphony Orchestra, for the benefit 
of the MacDowell Assn., which aids 
American musical artists, takes place 
tomorrow night (Thursday) at Car- 
negie Hall, New York. Jean Gold- 
kette, pioneer jazz maestro, will 
conduct Actually, it's a syncopated 
band, rather than a symph. 

Purpose of the American Symph 
will be to encourage American 
music. Composers who will be rep- 
resented on the initial program by 
their works are George Ciershwin, 
Dana Suesse, Edward MacDowell, 
for whom the assn. was created; 
Jacques Wolf, Aaron Copland, Otto 
Cesana. 



'Welceme the World' Is an added 
starter in the list of tunes dedicated 
to the N. Y. World's Fair. It's sub- 
title is The World of Tomorrow.* 
Nathan L. Spector did tiie melody 
and Arthur A. Lipschultz the lyrics. 



Larry Richmond, g.m. ot Music 
Dealers Service, Inc., declared last 
week that his organization has not 
committed itself to the proposal that 
it set up a separate uilit for servicing 
magazine distributors. The propo- 
sition, he said, was merely in the 
talking stage and that there were too 
many objections and complications 
to solve before the project could be 
acceptable to him. 

Richmond stated that ' he first 
wanted to make sure that no dealer 
selling music today would be hurt in 
any way by such mass distribution. 
He wants to make sure that the 
project will so stimulate an interest 
in sheet music that the sales of es- 
stablished dealers will be increased. 

It did develop during the experi- 
ment conducted by the American 
News Co. in the Hartford area eiarly 
this year that established music deal- 
ers benefited as well as those drag 
and stationery stores serviced by the 
magazine distributor. The merchan- 
dising which accompanied the ex- 
periment served to get 'em back in 
the habit of buying music with the 
result that sales went up for the 
older line of dealers. 



NAME CHANGED 



n will Be the Staodard Maslo Pab- 
lishers Assn. Hereafter 



Albany, June 6. 

Wliat used to be the Music Pub- 
lishers Association will now be 
known as the Standard Music Pub- 
lishers Association' of the United 
States. Papers to that effect were 
filed with the secretary of state's 
office last week. Membership ot the 
association consists strictly of stand- 
ard music men. 

GUbert & Gilbert, of New York, 
are the filing lawyers. 



RockweO on Road 



Tom Rockwell, head of Rockwell 
General Amusement Corp., leaves 
Friday (0) for a cross-country trip 
that will keep him away from his 
Nov York office for five weeks. 

He will spend two weeks or more 
in Hollywood, stopping off on the 
way for several dayj in Chicago and 
Kansas City. 



New by-law approved by board 
ot directors ot^the National Associa- 
tion of Performing Artists requires 
that orchestra leaders distribute 
among members of their bands a 
portion of the royalties they receive 
from NAPA. 

The new ruling was enacted pri- 
marily, according to Maurice Spei- 
ser, counsel for the org. to avoid 
the entire royalty going to the ba- 
toneer ot a crew merely because he 
is technically the only member of 
his band who belongs to NAPA. Le-- 
gally, the band leader may. retain 
the entire royalfy for himself Inas- 
much as his men are employes and 
he is entitled to the income from 
their work, Spieser said. 

'However,' it was explained, 
'NAPA'S board felt that inaismucb as 
each member of a band is himself* 
performing artist be should share 
in the proceeds of his work.' 

Back of the move by the NAPA 
execs, many of whom are band lead- 
ers, 'was seen a desire to line up 
the allegiance ot their crews in li- 
censing battles on radio and coin 
phonograph madilne use of record- 
ings, which are expected to come 
up In increasing number. With 150 
stldc-swldhers among NAPA's 700 
members in the latest census, and 
an average ot 12 men in each orch, 
according to NAPA's figures, there 
Is a 'potential reserve of 1,800 men.' 

In this process of lining up the 
strength ot meQibers ot the bands, 
NAPA execs are also eyeing the 
power such a large body ot men 
wield In the American Federation ot 
Musicians. Talks are currently be- 
ing held 'With t)ie AFM, according 
to Fred Waring, NAPA prez, 'to 
.align our aims and purposes with 
those of the Federation, gaining 
thereby the aid and prestige of that 
organization.' 

By-law which was adopted by 
NAPA reads: The association recog- 
nizes the Interest of all members of 
an ensemble, orchestra or band in 
the royalties received by the con- 
ductor or leader «r owner of such 
an ensemble, orchestra or band, 
from the association. Members ilhall 
be obliged to allocate and distribut* 
among their ensemble, orchestra vt 
band such proportion of royalties 
paid by the association as shall b« 
determined by the Classification 
Committee.' 



MOSES SMITH OF BOSTON 
JOINS COLUMBIA CO. 



Boston, June 6. 
Moses Smith, muslp critic on the 
Boston Evening Transcript for past 
five years, leaves to join Columbia 
Record in New York. He wiU have 
responsibility ot selecting composi- 
tions and artists in the classified 
field. Starts June 19. 

No successor yet appointed. Smith 
succeeded the late H. T. Parker 
when he took over the Transcript 
assignment five years ago. 

Boris Morros Generally 
Denies Chas. Schmerz Suit 

Complete denial of any verbal 
pact whereby he promised the plain- 
tiff a job was entered by Boris Mor- 
ros through his attorney, Louis 
Nizer, in N. Y. supreme court last 
week, to the action which Charles 
B. Sdunetz brought for breach ot 
contract He alleges that Morros 
promised to take him to Hollywood 
as assistant In the music department 
at Paramount ot which Morros was 
then head. 

Morros has entered a counter 
claim for monies allegedly loaned 
Schmeiz. 



Lee Slieller, Inc., has been char- 
tered to conduct a music and musical 
instrument business in New York. L. 
O. Rotbs«d>ild, Harry J. Cohen and 
Sadie Jackson, New York City, are 
directors. Paul Friedman was filing 
attorney. 



S2 



VARIETY 



MUSIC— DANCE BANDS 



Wednepdajr, June 7, 1939 



BANDS and ORCHESTRAS 



Week of May 31 

Fermanent address of bands and orchestras Is published withoni 
out charge. While every effort Is made to Insure aeenracy In this 
department, cooperation In notifying errors will reduce mistakes to a 
minlmom. 

Key to abbreviations: B— ballroom, C— cafe, CC— conntry clob, H— 
Hotel, N— Night Club, B— restaurant, T— Theatre. 

Booking Agencies: CBA, Consolidated Badlo Artists, 1251 Sixth 
Ave., N.T.C.; FB, Frederick Broi, 1879 Sixth Ave, N.T.C.; MCA, 
Hnsle Corp. of America, 746 Fifth Ave., N.T.C.; Rockwell Amns., tZIt 
Sixth Ave., N.T.C.; WiUlam Horrto Agcy., 127* Sixth Ave N.T.C. 



Alexander, Van, RoseUnd B., NTC. 
Ambanadora, Royal*, ConsrCM H.. Chi. 
Andnwa. Gordon, Club 18 N„ NTC. . 
Armstrong. Loula, c/o Jo* Qlaaer, 1270 
<lh Av*..- NIC. 
Aah, faul. Roar T„ NTa 



Bailor, Bob, c/o Wm. Morrli. 
Bam«t, ChKrley, CRA, N.T. 
Bamott, Jimmy, c/o FB, 
Bardo, Dill, Hockwell a. A„ N.T, 
Barria, Dick, Ft. Worth. 
Barron, Blue. CRA, Nl^O. 
Baale. Count. Sherman H.. Cht, 
Bauro. Charlei, Bt Real* U., MTC, 

Becuer, Bubbles, c/o CRA. 

Barsere, Maximilian, Vemllle* N„ NTC, 
Bemie, Ben, MCA. N, T. 
Beator, Don, c/o Wm. Morrl*. 
Blanco, Pedro, Bmbasar C, PhlladelphU. 
Bleyer, Archie, Earl Carroll's R., U'wood, 
Bolosnlnl, Enolo, li'Alsloa R.. ChL 
Brandt, Eddy, Stevena H., ChL 
Breeae, Lou, c/o CRA, 
Braeale, Vincent, c/o MCA. ' ■ 
BrlKOde, Ace, Merry Qardeii B„ ChL 
Brawn, Lea, c/o CRA. 
Brucs, Roger, Joyland Caalno, Lexington, 
Ky. ' 

Bundr, Rudy, c/o CRA. 

Burton, Paul, Bill Green's Caalno, FItU. 



Calloway, Cab, Cotton Club, NTC. 

CanduUa, Harry, ML Hotel, Chattanooga, 

Carter,. Benny, Savoy B., NTC. 

Charnlavaky, Joaef, WLW, CInclnnatL 

Chlcco, Loula, Versallloa C„ H'wood. 
' Chlesta, Don, Ivanhoa Qardens, N, ChL 

Clark, Buddy, Armando'a R., NTC. 

Clinton, Larry, Park Central H., NTC. 

Colemoji, Emil, Trocadero C. H'wood. 

Cook, Ted, tVblte City B., Chi, 

Coatcllo. Charles, Commodore Club, Det. 

Courtney. Del, Bear Mountain, N., N. T, 

Crosby, Bob, Riverside,' Mllwauke*. 

Cummlna, Bernle, Cavalier U., Va. Beacb, 
Va _ 

Cutler, Ben, Nicollet B:. Upl*. 



Dalley, Frank, St. PiCnl H., St, FaaL 
Davla, Eddie, Larue R.,' NTC, 
D' Andrea. Joseuti. Pepper Pot N,. NTCL 
Davis, Johnny, Miami Club, MllwaukM, 
Da LAnge, Eddie, Wm. Uorrla, M. T, - 
Da La Rosa. Oscar,-c/o Wm. Morrla. 
Do Vera Ore., Morocco, N., N. T. 
■ Dell, Eddy, Hotel Abbey, NTC. 
Denny/ Jack, o/o Wm. Morris,- 
Deutsch, .Emery, Paramount Theatre, NT, 
' Dixon, Lee, Tantllla Qardena, - Richmond, 
Ta. 

Oooley, PhtL Palmer H., ChL 
Doniey, Jimmy, Moadowbrook Club, Cedar 
Grove, N.J. 
Dorsey, Tommy. Penn. Roof, N., N, T. 
Ducbln, Eddy, Waldbrt-AatorU H., N.T. 



Ellington. Duke, Wiji. Morris. N.T, 
KUlM. Joe. Queen Mary R., NTC. 
Ellis. Segar, Van CIcva 11., D.iylon, O. 
Ennls, Sklnnay, Victor Hugo'a R.> 
H'wood. 
Ernie, Val, El Morocco, NTC, 



Feldatein, Joey, Tlo Top Tap N., Mil- 
waukee. 

Felton; Happy, Blltmore H., NTC. 
Florlto, Ted, Ben. Marden'a Riviera, Ft. 
Lee N J. 

Frasetto, Joe, Jack Lyneh'a Walton Root, 
Philadelphia. 

FIdler, Lou, Colony Club, Chi. 

Fields, Shep, Meadowbi-ook C. C, St. 
Louis. 

Fields, Irving, Groaslnger H., Fallsburg, 
N. T, 

Fisher. Buddy, LnSalle H., Chi. 
FIsber, Freddie, Rockwell O.A., N.T. 
Fomeen, Basil, 3t. Morltz H., N.T. 
Foster. Chuck, Topsy'i ' N., SoulhgaU, 
Calir. 

Frederics, Jan, Boulevard Tavern, Elm- 
hurst, N.T 
Fulton, Jack, c/o MCA. 



Gendron. -Henri, Johnson's Bon Air. N., 
Chi. 

Gllletlt, Jack, c/e CRA. 

Golden, Nell, Stuyvosant R., BuRalft. 

Golly. Cecil, c/o FB. 

Goodman. Benny, c/o -MCA. 

Grant. Bob, o/o wm. Morris, 

Gray Glen, Palmer House H.. Chi, 

Orsnet, Ellseo. El Chlro. NTC. 

Oumin, Jo*. Chateau Club, Mllwauke*. 



Rail, Geo.. MCA. N. T. 
Hamilton, Bob, Majeallo B., Long Beach, 
Calir. 

Hamilton, George, DeNShor* CC, ChL 
Hannan, Bob, tjtevens H., Chi. 
Harlng. Bob, r/o R-O'K. 
narrla, Phil, WlUhIr* BowL Loi Ang*l*f. 
R*nry, Chuck, Parla Inn, L.A, 
Rerbeck, Ray, Edgewater Beach R., Chl. 
Herman, Woody, RItz-Carltnn H., Boston. 
Herth. Milt, Lincoln H.. NTC. 
RIIL Teddy, Sovoy B.. World's Fair NTC. 
Hill. Tiny, Melody Mill B., Chl. 
Htmber, Richard, Paradise V,., NTC 
nines. Earl, Grand Terrace, Chl. 
HIte, ' Lea, Omar's Dome C, ' li. C. - 
Hoagland, Everett, -Adolphus H., Dallas. 
HofFman. Karl, Medlnoh Olub, N., Cbl, 
Hohengarten,'Corl. CBS. Chl,' 
Holmes, Herble. Schroeder H., Mllw.iuke*. 
Hoist, Brni*, Belmont-Plaza H., NTC, 



Tacobi, Howard, Wm. Morris Agener, 
NTC. 

Jakna. At, Provldenre-Blltraor* H., Pr*T. 

Jamea, Hiirry, c/o MCA, N.T. 
James, Sopny, Arcadia B., NTC. 




Jay, Valll*. Wirth's Futurlstla B., Mil- 
waukee, 

JonCB, Isham, CRA, N.T. 



Kaln, PauL Wardmaa Park H., Wasb, 

D.C. 

Kaye, Sammy, Essex House, N. T., N. 

Kendls, Sonny, Stork Club. NTC. 

Kent, Peter, Book-Cadlllac H.. Detroit. 

Kerr, Jimmy, Jerry'a Mandalay N., Hol- 
lywood. I 

King, Henry, Falrmount H., San Fran* 
Cisco. 

King, Ted'iy. Southern Tavern, Clev*, 
King's Jesters, CKA. N. T. 
Kinney, Ray. Lexington H., NTC, 
Kog*n, Harry, NBC, Ghl. 
Krupa, Gene, r/o MCA. 
Kvale, Al, SUie-Lak* T.. Chl. 
Kyscr, Kay, Catalina laland. CallC 



I.awson, Doc, c/o Rockwell Amus., N.T, 
Lang. Sid. Hl-Hat Club. Chicago. 
L* Baron, Bddl*, Rainbow Room N,, NTC. 
Levant, Phil, Blamark H.. Chl. 
Light, Enoch. Tatt H.. NTC. 
Lombardo, Guy, Roosevelt H.. NTC. 
Lopez, Vincent, Chez Paree C, Chl. 
Lucas, Clyde, Beverly Hills, CC, New- 
port. Ky. 

Lunceford, Jimmy, Harold Oxley, 19 
E. <«»th St., NTC. 
Cyman, Abe,, MCA, N. T. 

M 

Ualneok, Matty, Ca(e LaM^ze, H'wood. 

Manaanares, Jose, Colony Club, Chlcaio. 

Marsala, Joe, Ctiae. Shribman, 12T0 0th 
Ave., N. T. . 

Marahard, Jack. H. Plaza, NTC. 

Martin, Freddie, Bon Ajr C. Chl. 

MaHIn, Lou, Leon * Eddie's N.. NTC, ' 

Masters, Fiankle, Roosevelt H.. N. Y. 

MayahoS, Eddl*, Governor Clinton H.. 
NTC 

MeCreery, H., Amba3s.idor H., Chl. 

McCoy, Clyde, c-o Gus Edwards, First 
Nat'l Bank Bldg., Ghl. 
- McCune, Will, MCA. n;t. 

McPartllnd, Jack, S Deuce* C ChL 

Merlin, VIng,' World Fair, N.T. 

Miller, Glenn, Glen Inland Caalno, N.T. 

Mlntz, Herble, Oriental Gardens B., Chl. 

Mollnas, Carlos, Villa Modern* C, Chl. 

Morgan, Russ c/o CRA, N.T. 

Hurray, Charles, Mon Pari* N., NTC, 

N 

Nagel, Harold, Plerr* R., NTC. 
N*wman, Ruby, Rainbow Room, NTC. 
NobI*, Lelghton, Baker H., Dallas. Tex, 
Nohl*, Ray, c/o Wm, ilorrls, H'wood, 



Olman, VaL Wm. Morris, N.T. 
Olson, Geo., MCA, N.T. ■ 
Osborne, WIU, Rockwell G-A., N.T. 
Owens, Barry, St, Francis U., Sun F. 



Panchlto, Versailles R., NTC, 
Pancho, La Conga C„ NTC. 
Parks, Bobby, c/o Rockwell Amu*. 
PauL Eddie, Aragon B.. Clove. 
Paul, Tonsty. Grahmere H., CtiL 
Pedro, Don, Blsmark, H., Clil. 
Pendarvts, PauL Muehlekach H., K.C., 
Mo. 

Playboys, Town Rous* H., L. A. 
Pllner * Earl, Blackston* H.. Clil. 
PoweU, Walter, Show Bar, Forest Ills, 
NTC. 



Kamona, Rockwell G.A., N.T. 
Ramos, Ramon, H. Ambassador. NTC. 
Ravazza, Carl, Rio del Mar. Aptos, Calif, 
RaveL Don, Greenwich Village Casino, 
NTC. 

Rslchman, Jo*. Wm. Penn H., Pitts. 
Renafd, Jacques, Cocoanut Grov* M., 
BoBton. 

R*lsman, La*. ISO W, tTth SL, NTC 
Riley, Mike, c/o CRA. 
Roberta, BlIL Sir Francis Drake H., 
Ban F.' 

Rodrlgo, Nano. Ravaqa-M.'idrld N., NTC 
Rogers, Buddy, MCA, N. T. 
Roland. Don, Marcu* Daly, Bavtrly Hills, 
Calif. 

Rolllnl, Adrian,. Piccadilly H., NTO. 
Rotgers, Ralph, Astor H.. NTC. 
Ruasell. Jack, Pershing B., ChL 



Sanabria, Juanlto. Havana-Madrid, NTC. 
SavltL Jan, Lincoln H„ NTC. 
Bchutt, Arthur. O'Learv's Bern. NTC, 
Shand. Terry, Bossert H., Bklyo. 
Ehanka. Cliarlea: c/a CRA. 
Show, Artie, Paloroar B„ L. A, 
'Shelley, Cat, CRA, N. T. 
ShIeldsr-vRoy, NBC, Chl. 
SIssle. Noble, Paramount H.. NTC, 
Smith, Stuir. La Salle if.. Chl. 
Sousa, John Philip, III, Wm. Morrla, N.T. 
South. Eddie, Trocadero H„ Il'wnnd. 
Spanler, Muggsv, Sherman H., ChL 
Spltalny, Phlf, brake H., Chl. 
squires. Four, Town House. H'wnod. 
Starr. Freddy, Park lane H,, NTC 
Rtablle. Dick, MCA, N. T. 
Stoeffler, Wally c/o Fb. 
Btraeter, Ted. Monle Carlo, NTC. 
Stuart. Roy, Park Casino, N.. Oil. 
Swanson, Billy, c/o CRA. 



Teagarden, Jack, Blockhawk C, ChL 

TheTs, Henry, c/o R^J'K. N.T. 

Tito's Swingtette, Troradem C, H'wood. 

Tolbert. Skeets, c/o RGA, N.T. 

Tomlln, Pinky. Blltmore BowL'Z,. A. 

Trace, At, Sherman H., Clil. 

Tucker, Warren. Mark Hopkins W., San F. 

Turk, AL Royal* Frolics N., Chl. 



Vagabond, Chas., Amlinsmdor, R., Chl. 
Vnllee. Rudy, Astor H., N. T. 
VenutI, Joe, Pla-Mor B., K. C, Mo. 



Weber, Henir, WON, ChL 
Weber, Marek, NBC, Chl. 
Weeks, Anson, Cocoanut Grove, L. A. 
Weeks, Ranny, Wm. Morris. N.T. 
Welk, Lawrence, c/o Fred Bros., N. T. 
Whiteman, Paul, 17 E. 4:>th St.. NTC. 
Wilde, Ranny, Int'l Casino, N. T. 
Williams. Orirt, Aragon, B.. Chl. 
WInton, Barry, Rainbow Grill, NTC. 
Wittlch, Dorlss, Tar R., Cht. 
Woods, Howard, Village Bam, NTC. 



ZIto, Romcto, St. Merita H., NTC, 
Zurke, Boh, c/o Wm. Morris. 
Kwerllng, Ruby, But* T„ NTC. 



Network Plugs. 8 AJW, to 1 AJVL 



Following is a totalization o) the combined plugs of current tunes oit 
NBC (WEAF and WJZ), and CBS (WABC) computed for the week Iron 
Monday through Sunday (Moy 29-June 4), Totnl represents accumulated 
per/ormonces on the two major ■nettuorlcs from B a.m. to I a.m. Sym1)ol * 
denotes film song, t legit, all others are pop. 

GRAND 

TITLE. PUBLISHER. TOTAL, 

Lady's In Love with You. . . *Some Like It Hot, . . Paramount 49 

Strange Enchantment... *Maa About Town Famous 45 

Wishing. , ,*Love Affair Crawford 40 

And the Angels Sing BVC 39 

If I Didn't Care Chappell 39 

Don't Worry 'Bout Me,., tCotton Club Revue... .Mills 37 

Little Slcipper Feist 37 

How. Strange. ..tidiot's Delight Feist 33 

New Moon and an Old Serenade Berlin 33 

I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak... *Rose of 

Washington Square..,' Robbiiis 29 

Three Little Fishies,, ..„Santly 27 

Sing a Song of Sunbeams...,°East Side of Heaven, Santly 28 

Beer Barrel Polka , , Shapiro 21 

In the Middle of a Dream Spier 21 

East Side of Heaven, . .*East Side of Heaven Santly 20 

You Grow Sweeter as the Years Go By Witmark 20 

Begin the Beguine .Harms' 18 

Cinderella Stay in My Arms : , .' '. Shapiro , , 18 

I'm Building a Sailboat of Dreams Shapiro 18 

Happy About Whole Tiling. ..*Naughty But Nice. Remlck ; 18 

My Last Goodbye Berlin 18 

Rendezvous Time in Paree... tStreets of Paris., .Harms 18 

Whistling in the Wlldwood Olman 16 

Blue Evening Miller 19 

That Sly Old Gentleman, . .*East Side of Heaven, Santly 19 

Don't Look Now Chappell 14 

Our Love, : ..Chappell 14 

Tain't What You Do Leeds 14 

Asleep or Awake > Lincoln 13 

Night Must Fall Marks 13 

Stairway to thei. Stars — Bobbins 13 

What Goes Up Must Come Down. . .tCotton Club 

Reviie Mills IS 

Concert In the Park , ..Witmark 12 

Snug as a Bug In a Rug. , , , Paramount 12 

How Warm It Is the Weather ABC 11 

If I Had My Way .Paull-PIoneer 11 

Prairie Boy Morris 11 

Tinkle Song Feist. 11 

Tears from My Inkwell Witmark 11 

Boom : , Berlin 10 

Heaven Can Wait Remick.. 10 

In an Eighteenth Ceittury Drawing Room Circle ,., 10 

Undecided .Leeds 10 

Yours for a Song...tBilly Rose's Aquacade. ... .Robbins , 10 



Disc Reviews 



(Onlv the unusual revietued henceforth. Ittcludtng the untuuaUy bad.) 



Glenn Miller, one of the 'coming' 
bands, is among the younger arraa 
ge'r-maestros who knows how to In' 
terpret. bis own jazz Idiom, He evi- 
dences this on Bluebird 10276, utiliz 
ing the Matt Malneck-Frank Signor- 
elU theme out of 'Park Ave. Fantasy', 
to which Mitchell Parish has fash- 
ioned a lyric and called it 'Stairway 
to ttie Stars'. Jack Bobbins, who had 
Parish do the same trick with Peter 
DeRose's 'Deep Purple,' extracted 
this as the more commercial theme 
from the Malneck-Slgnorelli suite, 
and 'Stairway' likewise bids fair to 
become a pop hit "To You', a Tommy 
Dorsey time (incidentally, Dorsey 
'sponsored' .Miller lor a time) Is the 
companioD piece. Plenty of brilliant 
t>ra'», Ray Eberle', brother of Jimmy 
Dorsey's vocalist. Bob Etierle, vocal- 
izes on Bluebird 10286, Miller couples 
his own arrangement of the folksy 
'Little Brown Jug', with Morton 
Gould's 'Pavanne', one of the better 
contemporaneous American pieces by 
that brilliant young composer. Miller 
here too emphasizes the. trombones. 

New Friends of Bhythm compris- 
ing S. Shulman and Zelly Smirnoft, 
violins; Louis Klevman, viola; Alan 
Shjlman, cello; 'Anthony Colucci, 
guitar; Harry Patent, bass, and 
Laura Newell, harp, rhythmize two 
classics, under the quaint titles of 
'Capriciousness No. 24' and 'Barbers' 
Hitch'. Both are ultra-modern 
swingo arrangements of Paganini's 
24th 'Violin Caprice and Mozart's 
'Marriage of Figaro* overture. All In 
line with the recent trend to 'adapt' 
and/or swing the classics. Plenty of 
fancy musical tricks on this platter 
for the waxophiles, Victor 26256, 
. Eddy Dachin follows the current 
cycle, and Jack Meakin has made 
two fancy arrangements lor him of 
Grieg's 'Norwegian Dance' and the 
traditional 'London Bridge is Falling 
Down', although nothing as either 
Down. Okay for hoofology. Br. 8386. 

Tommy Dorsey does his own 'jazz- 
ing of a classic with 'Le Coq d'Or*. 
'Iftrmn to the Sun' was arranged by 
the trombonist-maestro - and Red 
Bone, after the original Rimsky- 
Korsakoil. The maestro, Jenkins 
and Bone on trombones; Johnny 
Mince, clarinet. Bud Freeman on 



tenor sax, Stulce and Doty, reeds; 
Pee-Wee Irwin's brass work; Feretti, 
Bauer, trumpets; Mastren, guitar: 
Trexler, bass; jSmlth, piano, and 
Davey Tough on the skins do plenty 
of tricks with this and 'The Lamp • 
Low'. Jack Leonard vocals the lat'- 
ter. Vic 26259.- 



Sweeping 
the Country! 

DON'T WORRY 
'BOUT ME 

WHAT GOES UP MUST 
COME DOWN 

COT NO TIME 

IF I WERE SURE 
OF YOU 

By Ted Keahler *nd Rab* aietm 



EVER SO QUIET 

A Veiy Fusny Cemtdy 8411 
• 

WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS 
MADE OF7 
As Amutlni Nsnily 




Song Suggestions 

JIMMY McHUCH'S 
"Futuristic Rhythm" 

Mills Music, Ino. 



/or Acclaim ~ A Sensational Hit! 



TO THE STARS 



Mus'c by MATT MALNECK and FRANK SIGNORELLI 



TION * 799 SEVENTH AVENUE * NEW YORK 



IRVING BERLIN, Inc., 799 S cvcnth Ave. N. Y. 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



MUSIC— DANCE BANDS 



VARIETY 83 



15 Best Sheet Musk SeDers 

(Week ending June 3, 1939) 



Three Little Flshies ...Santly 

•Wishing CLove Affair'). Crawford 

And the Angels Sing BVC 

Little Sir Echo ; BVC 

Beer Barrel Polka Shapiro 

Sunrise Serenade Jewel 

. Little Skipper • Feist 

; •! Never Knew Heaven Could Speak ('Rose of Wash- 
ington Square') , Bobbins 

K I Didn't Care Chappell 

•I^dv's in Love With You ('Some Like It Hot") Paramount 

Our Love Chappell 

New Moon and An Old Serenade ...Berlin 

God Bless America .......... i ; • • Berlin 

^ tDon't Worry About We (Cotton Club Revue) Mills 

*East Side ot Heaven ('East Side of Heaven') Santly 



♦Filmtisicol, 
tProduction. 



On the Upbeat 



Art Dnnne has bowed at the El show, one of the first to be spotted 



Tlvoli, Dallas supper club. 



Harry Jennliixs* orchestra now 
playing for dancing after 'The 
Drunkard's Daughter' at Dallas Fair 
Park. Dancing is new angle for 
meller. 

AosUn Wylle is at present waving 
a stick for a WP Attraction in Cleve- 
land, Ohio. 

Manrloe Spitalny ,and his KDKA 
Pittsburgh orchestra leave the air 
during the months of July and Au- 
gust to play a series of one-nighters. 
The band will return in the fall as 
the regular house orchestra. 

Lawrence Welk got beachwalk as- 
signment in Chicago, opening July 
10 and following in Ray.Herbecks 
crew. 

Mickey Kali, Cleveland maestro, 
directing the floor shows at the Ohio 
Villa,' Cleveland. 

Bert Block substituted for dates 
Tommy Tucker could not fill. Be- 
tween playing these one-nighters 
and handling the managerial reigns 
for Dick Stabile, Block was a busy 
boy. 

Emerson Gill opens two-week en- 
gagement tonight (7) at West View 
Park, Pittsburgh, replacing Earl 
MeUen outfit Placed by Joe HU- 
ler for CRA. 

Jimmy Joy band checks In at 
Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh, Mon- 
day (12) for two-week stay, suc- 
ceeding Tommy Carlyn crew. Joy 
now has Pittsburgh songstress, Gai 
Moran, Other Kennywood bookings 
include Benny Burton, Jt4ne 26; 
George Hall, July 3; Dick Barrie, 
July 17; Tommy Tucket, July 30, 
and Baron Elliott on August « 



Phil Ohmsn moves his band into 
Victor Hugo, Beverly HUls, June 15. 

Sady Brown's 10-man orchestra, 
plus Judith Lawton, entertainer, 
opened two-week engagement Sat- 
urday <3) at Atlanta's Henry Grady 
Hotel Spanish Room. Jimmy Rich- 
ards' crew, with Carol Kent, will 
move into this spot June 17 to be 
followed by Emil Velazco, plus pipe 
organist Helen Gray and Sock Rock- 
well July 29. Aired by WATL, At- 
lanta. 



Eddie Gilllgaii'g orchestra from 
Wilkes-Barre succeeded Dick Con- 
rad's band from AUentown at Har- 
old Bossard's Mi Pocono Grill, Mt 
tocono, Pa. 



Jack Beizner's band (WOR-Mutual 
Network) from the Essex House and 
Merry-Go-Round, Newark, N. J., 
opened Rocco's Villa Sunset, Lake 
Susquehanna, N. J., near the Dela- 
ware Water Gap. 



. Carl Loroh's orchestra replaces 
Herbie Holmes' crew at the Hotel 
Schroeder, Milwaukee, June 15. 



Gebrge Qlscn opens an eight week 
-j^gagement at Hotel St Francis in 
San Erancisco June 27, replacing 
• Harry Owens, who moves on to the 
Broadmore, Colorado Springs. Olsen 
?7Ul have with him a complete floor 



in this swank hotel in a long time. 



Ann Dupont, debuted her all-male 
crew at Palisades Park, N- 3., Satur- 
day (3). 



Zigey Elman, Lionel Hampton re- 
cord for Bluebird with their own 
small combinations next week while 
Benny Goodman's outfit, of which 
ttey're members, cuts tor Victor. 
Goodman goes into Ritz-Carlton, 
Boston, for three weeks June 15. 



Milt Berth trio go into the La Salle 
Hotel,' Chicago, June 16, for indefi- 
nite stay. Currently at Edison Hotel, 
N. Y. 



PanI Pendarvls booked into the 
Mark Hopkins hotel, San Francisco, 
July 17. 



Al Fields Wms From 
Teddy King Orer Tic 
Toe Orchestra' Style 



Federal Judge Vincent L. Leibell 
yesterday (Tues.) entered a per- 
manent injunction in N. Y. federal 
court against Teddy King, in favor 
of Al Wolsfield, known as AI Fields. 
Fields' suit still holds good against 
Warner Bros. Pictures Inc., ' Vita- 
graph, Inc:, Vitaphone Corp. and the 
Stanley-Mark-Strand Corp. where 
King played in its Brooklyn Strand 
theatre. 

Fields charged infringement of 
copyright on a 'Combined Clock 
Face and Metronome.' King is en- 
joined from using Tic Toe Orches- 
tra, Tick Tock Rhythm, or Tick Tock 
Tempo.' No money damages are to 
be collected. 



Rap MCA-CRA 



(Continued from page 31) 



companiment of singers or actors. 
Changes in the scale for phonograph 
recordings will also be recom- 
mended, making the price for a ses- 
sion of three hours ^0, with three- 
quarters ot an hour permitted for 
rehearsal tme. Latter scale would 
apply to. 10 and 12-inch records. For 
each additional 10-inch master after 
the three hours it would be $7.50 per 
man arid for each added 12-inch disc 
$10. 



. Biccardl's Slant 

Philadelphia, June 6. 

Rex Riccardi, president of the 
Philadelphia musicians local, de- 
clared last week that a plan for the 
AFM to go into the business of 
manufacturing phonograph records 
will be introduced on ttie fioor of the 
international's convention in Kansas 
City next week. The move, he said, 
will be in self protection. Some- 
thing, contends Riccardi, must be 
done to -relieve continued loss 6t 
local musician employment through 
the indicriminate use of recordings. 

The Federation, he stated, had 
more than $1,000,000 in its treasury 
and would be well able to finance it- 
self in the venture. He said that 
he' anticipated relentless legal op- 
po'sition from the established record- 
ing, companies, and to their charge 
of monopoly and restraint the AFM 
would reply that its members cannot 
be forced into making something to 
destroy themselves. 



Band Bookings | 
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦»♦♦♦«♦♦♦««♦♦♦♦♦ 



Russ Morgan, Grocery Men's Con- 
vention, K. C June 26. 

Johnny Butkarth, June 10,' South- 
ern Mansion, Balto, Indefinite. 

Duke Ellington, week June 23, 
Hipp., Balto., Akron- Youngstown, 
week June 30. 

Eddie DeLange, Friday (9), Clar- 
idge Hotel, Memphis, 9 days. 

Les Brown, Hamilton, N. J., two 
weeks, June 3. 

Mike Riley, June 12, two weeks, 
MercersviUe, N. J. 

Hal Kemp, June 10-23 Cavalier, 
Va. Beach; Steel Pier, A. C, June 
24-25; Ritz-Carlton, Boston, three 
weeks, July 3. 

Larry Clinton, July 16-22 Manhat- 
tan Beach, N. Y., afternoons; June 
19, Princeton U. 

Al Donahue,. July 1-8 Manhattan 
Beach, N. Y. - 

Jimmy Dorsey, June 19, Goddard 
Gym, Medford, Mass. 

Red Nichols, June 19, Yale U. 

Frankie Trumbauer, June 8, Lake- 
view Park, Mahonoy, Pa.; 13, Wilkes- 
Barre, Pa.; 16, Ithaca, N. Y. 
. Will Osborne, June 12, Guttenberg, 
Iowa; 14, Memorial Aud., Burlington, 
Iowa; 16, Bluff View Park, Broad 
head, Wis. 



BBCs Proposal to Regulate Song 
Plugging Payoffs Seen as Fair 



STRAW HAT 
SKEDSH00FIN6 



Norwalk, Conn., June 6. 
Theatre-in-the-Woods, outdoor site 
used for operettats and musical 
comedies in past summers, will show 
name bands and vaudeville once a 
week this season, according to plans 
of Billy Madigan, Bridgeport pro- 
moter, in co-operation with Greek 
Evans, operating owner of amphi- 
theatre. 

Madigan skedding a Friday-night 
policy, which would mean that op- 
erettas, if resumed, would have to 
pick another night. Theatre holds 
more than 3,500. 



Virginia Beach Open 

Norfolk, June 6. 
Big name bands are playing for 
dancing at Virginia Beach this week, 
the resort having opened May 27. 
Will Osborne at the Surf Club and 
the King's Jesters at the Terrace 
Club. 

Henry Busse into Cavalier Club 
June 3, with 'Hal' Kemp coming into 
that spot on June 17. Dan Gregory 
and his orchestra have been signed 
to play at Ocean View during the 
present season. 



Another Press Agent? 



While Benny Goodman was 
playing the Palace, Columbus, 
recently a trophy, donated by 
(joodman and the theatre, was 
awarded to the winner ot a spe- 
cial horse race at nearby Beulah 
Park. Goodman's show ran over 
and to be on time to present the 
award he was escorted to the 
track at breakneck speed by Co- 
lumbus police. 

Arriving just in time to make 
the award, Goodman and his 
troupe found an U-to-l longshot 
had copped it. 

Nag's tag was 'Busse's Trum- 
pet' 



Green Bay Park Opened 
By Kraemer and Fields 

Milwaukee. June 6. 
Bay Beach Park opened last week 
at Green Bay. Some 5,000 persons 
showed up. Howard Kraemer's 
orchestra played for afternoon danc- 
ing, while Shep Fields was on hand 
for the evening spot Admission was! 
55 cents to 9 p. m, and 75 cents 
thereafter. 

Spot is under direction of Sylves- 
ter (Cooney) Esler, operator of the 
Nightingale and Waverly Beach ball- 
rooins. Other bands booked for a 
stint Include Bobbie Griggs, Ray 
Alderson and Dick Jurgens, 



Music Notes 



Henry Tobias was inadvertently 
omitted in giving names of com- 
posers of the score at Nils T. Gran- 
lund's 'Congress of Beauty' show at 
the New York World's Fair. Tobias, 
with Dave Oppenheim and Harry 
Brent, responsible for the score. 



Dr. Ernst Toch is doing musical 
iicore for "The Cat and the Canary' 
at Paramount 



Republic bought pop song, 'Jeepers 
Creepers,' from Witmark. 



Mickey Rooney and Sidney Miller 
cleffing their second song, 'Afternoon 
In a Cold Shower.' 



Joe Whalen has left the Sam Fox 
Music Publishing Co. to become pro- 
fessional manager of the Jewel Mu- 
sic Co." 



Larry Clinton orchestra renewed 
at Park Central Hotel, N. Y., for two 
more weeks till June 27. 



Inside Stuff-Bands 



Charles Bamet scrammed to the Coast last week after finishing a week's 
stand at the Flatbush theatre, Brooklyn. Finishing the last show at the 
house too late to catch an 11 p.m. plane from Newark via ordinary 
methods, Bamet used an old gag. Had a private ambulance at the stage 
door which rushed him. to Floyd Bennett airport, Brooklyn, where he 
chartered a plane to ferry him to Newarlc 

Leader flies back tomorrow (Thursday) to Washington to pick up his 
band for dates in that area. He went to the Coast to visit Dorothy Lamour, 
with whom he has been linked romantic^ally. 



Socialite romance between Enric Madriguera, Hotel Pierre (N.Y.) maes- 
tro, and Florence 'Weicker touched off a roundup story by Nancy Randolph 
in the N.Y. News last Week. She recalled the batoneers who had married 
Park avenoors, including Hal Kemp-Martha- Stephenson, Al Donahue- 
Frederica Gallatin, Eddy Duchin— (the late) Marjorie Oelrichs. Reported 
romance between Eddie LeBaron (band also at the Rainbow Room with 
Donahue) and Burriice Smith, culminated in ail elopement Sunday night 
(4). 



Unique deal has been closed by the Sammy Kaye orche.<;lra with Loew 
circuit of theiatres in New York. It calls for the use of Kaye's Victor 
records exclusively in about 65 Loew houses as houseclearing music. Flat- 
ters are fed into the p.a. system while patrons are exiting after final show. 

An exploitation idea, there's no obligation on the part of the circuit. 
Kaye will supply the. records himself. Viewed as particularly suitable to 
the band inasmuch as its style is so easily recognized. 



Tommy Dorsey has blossomed into the most prolific songwriter among 
bandmen. He recently placed four tunes with Larry Spier, Inc., of which 
'In the Middle of a Dream.' has been made the No. 1 plug. Shortly before 
that Dorsey turned over 'This Is No Dream' to Bregman, Vocco & Conn. 
Paramount Music now also has one of his, 'To You.' The Bregman and 
Paramount tunes were 'CO-authored by Benny Davis. 



Eli Oberstein, who is in process of organizing his own phonograph record 
conipany, last week obtained a judgineni of $100,025 against Louis Jaffa. 

Oberstein explained that, the judgment involved an old family financial 
matter and was secured by default . . 

Typographical error occurred in the listing of 'And the Angels Sing' in 
last week's issue. 'Angels' was recorded as having 39 playings where it 
should have been 49, giving it first place instead of fourth. 



London, May 23. 
BBC made a bid to end the she- 
nahnlgans over dance band plugging 
which orchestra leaders are prone to 
accept. Plan is to circulate weekly 
to all the combos a list of 32 current 
big time numbers, and all bands will ' 
be expected to include a substantial 
number of them in their radio pro- 
grams. Corp. will not demand 100% 
adherence, though aiming at keeping 
the balance - between publishing 
houses. 

Titles on the weekly list will be' 
selected by reference to normal 
channels of research, including 
listeners' letters) sales of discs and 
sheet music and such accepted tests. 

Dance Band Association finds pro- 
posal generally acceptable, and has 
the view that a schedule of hit tunes 
will be helpful to them in program 
building.. Scheme may also smooth 
over methods that have Irked lead- 
ers in the past, whereby BBC offi- 
cials have demanded numbers from 
specified publishers be played by 
them. 



WiUard Akxander Brmgs 
Ernie Fields Colored Bd. 
East From Tulsa, Okk 



New colored band described as a 
cross between Count Basie and Jim- 
my Lunceford's outfits, comes under 
the William Morris Agency banner 
next, week: It's led by Ernie Fields: 
and is from Tulsa, Okla. Willard 
Alexander of that agency flev- out to 
hear and sign it recently. It's a 
heavy favorite in that area. 

Band, plays a se^ries of does open- 
ing June 14 in Charles Shriman 
spots in New England as a reeoff, 
then comes into the Savoy Ballroom, 
N. Y. 



FLETCHER HENDERSON 
TREE FOR GOODMAN 



Leading a band of his own at the 
Grand Terrace, Chicago, the con- 
tract of Fletcher Henderson, ar- 
ranger-leader, was bought last week 
by Benny Goodman to enable Hen- 
derson to return to full time or^ 
ranging for Goodman's band. Hender- 
son was contracted to Ed Fox, opera- 
tor of the Grand Terrace. 

'While not advanced, the reason 
for (loodman's buyout of Fox's in- 
terest in Henderson is in line with 
the recent wholesale replacements in 
the Goodman outfit Addition of 
Henderson, who was formerly a 
Goodman arranger, to the new blood 
is In line with the and's renewed 
stride. 



HEW BAWD FOR ROGERS 

Will Besome Dance Dates— Now In 
Enropo with Mary Plckford 

On his return from abroad Buddy 
Rogers picks up a new band now 
being rehearsed for him. Currently 
on vacation with his wife, Mary 
Pickford, Rogers starts out with his 
new outfit early in July, debuting it 
at the Peabody Hotel, Memphis. Fol- 
lows with Eastwood and Westwood 
Gardens, Detroit Dates on neither 
have been set 

Rogers disbanded the band he had 
been leading prior to his vacation. 
Just before disbanding it he bad re- 
organized from swing to sweet New 
outfit is a musical-entertainment ag- 
gregation of average size. 

Music Corporation of America will 
resume booking for Rogers, whil^ 
his band will be- personally managed 
by Arthur Michaud and Jim Peppe. 
Michaud and Peppe are contemplat- 
ing a merger to handle Gene Krupa, 
now managed by the' former an4 
Sammy Kaye, handled by the latter, 
Rogers, Lennie Hay ton,' whose, new 
band is in rehearsal -also, and others 
still in the works. 



Woody Herman orchestra playk 
the Paramount theatre, N. Y., open> 
Ing July 19 for two weeks; option for 
^ird. 



AI Donahue band slays at th* 
Rainbow Room, N. Y., till Oct 10. 



S4 VARiETY 



VAUDE— NIGHT CLUBS 



TTednesday, June 7, 1939 



Pitt. Cafe Penmt Lifted for Rum Sales 
To Minors; Hfich. Pushes Reforms 



Pittsburgh, June 9. 

Green Lantern Cafe here had its 
booze license suspended lor 15 days 
by State Liquor Control Board last 
week for law violations. Manage- 
ment Intimated it would pay- $150 
One at rate of $10 a day for each 
day of suspension and keep, going 
uninterrupted. The fine was an al- 
ternate sentence. 

Spot was raided last March by 
■tate agents, who charged the pro- 
prietor; R: E. Blodgett, with- selling 
drinks to minors. 



Mloh. Reforms 

Detroit, June 6. 

Dissatisfied over state legislature's 
failure to enact liquor . reforms, 
State Rum Board is seeking a ruling 
on legality of changes made by 
liquor commish. Gov. Luren Dick- 
inson, an anti-saloon leaguer, has 
been insisting on an earlier curfew, 
ban on Sunday liquor sales and 
drastic cut in retail outlets, all of 
which are expected to have Its 
heaviest effect on niteries in the 
state if made effective. 

If the attorney general okays 
move. Chairman Murl F. DeFoe says 
board will eliminate rural drinking 



spots, prohibit sale of any intoxi- 
cants on Sunday and holidays, at 
least, outside Detroit, and trim li- 
censes heavily. Since new licenses 
have already been issued for this 
year, DeFoe said for the present 
board wo.uld eliminate only those 
against whom complaints are lodged. 

Cafe Closes 5 Days 

Buffalo, June 6. 

Chez Ami, Buffalo nitery,- closed 
for' five days, -beginning yesterday 
(Monday), after its liquor license 
was suspended for that period by the 
State Liquor Authority for selling 
after curfew. . 

The Authority's order only called 
for suspension of liquor for the five 
days. 



AGENCY MEASURE DIES 
AS PA. LAWMAKERS QUIT 

Philadelphia, June 6. 

Bill governing agents, introduced 
in the state legislature several weeks 
ago at the request of the Entertain- 
ment Managers Assn., died with the 
session last week. 

Introduced by Senator Tallman, 
the measure would have put agents 
in a classification of their own. They 
are presently covered by the regu- 
lar employment agency act, which 
they claim doesn't fit their needs. 



Royale-Frolics Cafe Show 
Into Chi Palace for 3d Yr. 

Chicago, June 6, 
For the third consecutive year 
Denis Cooney is booking his Royale- 
Frolics cafe show Into the RKO 
Palace here. Goes In as a unit June 
16. 

House holds option for second 
week. 



AMERICANS CRAZIEST ORCHESTRA 

The Clown Prince of Musio 

MILT BRITTON 

And EQa World Famous Orchestra 

ACCLAIMED THE OUTSTANDING SHOW 
BAND COMBINING SUPERB DANCE MUSIO 

NOW — LOEWS STATE, New York 

Par. Mat.— HARRY A. ROMM — General Amusement Corp. 



Saranaclake 

By Happy Benway 

People who really make this ac- 
tor's colony wprthwhile: 

The way that Mannie Lowy, who 
himself has marked time here for 
over 10 years. Is helping the needy. 

The ever-cheerful letters from the 
Very Rev. Msgr. Edward F. Leonard, 
who claims that T. B. does not mean 
'through booking,' a nice gesture. 

The salutes to this gang from Mor- 
ton Downey. 

The squibs from Joe Laurie, Jr., 
and George Jessel to some here. 

Gene Buck, who sacrifices much 
for the ailing here. 

Eddie Cantor, Major Edward 
Bowes, Al Jolson, George M. Cohan, 
Hugh O'ConneU, Alfred E. Smith, 
Jr., Ed Wynn, William Morris, Jr., 
Rudy Vallee and David Sarnofl for 
their donations for the upkeep of 
this colony. 

The timely gifts and greetings 
from Johnny Barnes, of Buffalo. 

Mrs. William 'Mother' Morris, who 
claims all here as her children. 

Dolph Singer has written a play, 
'With No Apologies'. He wrote the 
tune, 'Just Around The Comer.' 

Chris Hagedorn seen down the 
street for the first time in a long 
while. He's had a mess of trouble. 

Johnny DlGiovannl vows that 
eight more months of this will set 
him pret^ for work again. 

Keyes and Lawrence, ttft Reggie 
and Tommle of tiie old days, never 
miss a chance to aid this gang. 

(Write to those who are 111). ' 



Prov. Shriners Book 

36 Acts for Benefit 

Providence, June 6. 
l/>eal Shriners have booked 36 acts 
for its annual circus at Narragansett 
Park, from June 12 to 17, for the 
benefit of the Shrine Convalescent 
Home Fund for crippled children. 
More than 50 animals and 200 men 
and women performers are on the 
program. 

- Show will be staged twice dally. 

GEO. KIRBY KILLED IN 
HEAD-ON AUTO CRASH 




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.George D. Klrbyj around 40, who 
for '15 years had been on the stand- 
ard comedy vaudeville team of Kir- 
by' and Duval, was killed instantly In 
a head-on auto collision Monday (5) 
in Harrison, N. Y., as he was driving 
from his home in Sandy HoQk, Conn., 
to New York. His widow, Helen Du- 
val, had formed the other half of the 
team. He was alone In the car at 
the time of the crash. 

Surviving, besides tl j widow, are 
his mother, two brothers end a sis- 
ter. Interment in Binghamton, N. Y. 



2 Men Sought m Attack 
On Nitery Entertainer 



Syracuse, June 6. 

Deputy Sheriffs are seeking two 
men who allegedly attacked Alva 
May Charnock, 22, Buffalo night 
club . entertainer, while she was on 
a visit here. Miss Charnock said the 
two men had taken her in an auto to 
the outskirts of the city and attacked 
her. Then, she said, they took her 
back into the'eity and forced. her out 
of the car. 

She secured the license number of 
the machine but after deputies had 
picked up two men, she was unable 
to Identify them. 



Harry Howard's lOOG 
Ubel Suit Against 
N. Y. Daily, Kilgalkn 

Charging libel, suit for $100,000 
damages has been brought by Harry 
Howard and Howard, Inc., against 
Dorothy Kilgallen, columnist, and 
the N. Y. Journal-American, charg> 
tag that last February she ran aa 
item which tadieated that members 
of the 'Hollywood Hotel Revue,' star* 
ring . Willie and Eugene Howard, 
were stranded In Australia. 

Howard claims that the 'Holly* 
wood Hotel Revue' Is still playing in 
Australia and tha^ It has been forced 
to lay off only four weeks In 40 sine* 
going there. 

DRAPER TO COCOANUT 
GROYE, L A,, JUNE 21 



Returning from London, where 
he filled eight weeks at the Cafe 
de Paris, Paul Draper hies to the 
Coast for a June 21 oi>ening at the 
Cocoanut Grove, Los Angelex 
Booked by Music Corp. of America, 
he's ta the Coast nitery for five 
weeks, replacing Veloz and Yo- 
landa. The Hartmans follow him. 

Alec Templeton, the blind pianist. 
Is also on the Grove show. 



Will Mahoney to Return 
To England for Vaude 

Sydney, May 18, 
Will Mahoney, currently playing 
for Tivoli and set to do a picture 
for Clnesound, will return to Eng' 
land for vaude dates commencing 
Sept 18. 

Mahoney then intends to brtag 
his own company for a tour of South 
Africa, New Zealand and Australia. 



Dome, L A^ Bankrupt 



Los Angeles, June 6. 

Omar's Dome, nitery here, filed 
voluntary petition ta bankruptcy, 
Ilsttag llabiUUes at $27,269 and as- 
sets $17,951, of which $15,056 are 
receivable. 

Among the debts are $373 owed 
Les Hlte, orchestra leader, and 
$1,368 for wages to employes. 



Frisco Cafe Reopen* 

San Francisco, June 6. 

Ernie Heckscher's band has re- 
opened the Palace Hotel Rose Room, 
which has been redecorated follow 
tag Its fold several weeks ago. 

Talent for the opening program ta^ 
eludes John and Edna Torrence, 
dance team; Bert Prlval, mimic 
ballet dancer, and Roy Benson, 
magician. 



Phil Spitalny, Hope, Vallee 
Set for the Chicago, Chi 

Chicago, June 6. 
Phil Spitatay's all-girl orchestra 
heads the Balaban & Katz Chicago 
theatre show week of June 23. Fol> 
lowing week (30) Bope Hope, with 
Jerry Colonna, will be on the ros- 
trum. 

Rudy Vallee's orchestra comes ta 
week of July 28. 



Constructs New Nitery 

Dallas, June 6. 
A new summer nitery near here Is 
being constructed by Dick Wheeler, 
former manager of the. Rockwell* 
O'Keefe office here, and Joe Land> 
wehr, operator of the 400 Club, 
Wichita. 

It will accommodate about 2,500 
and will be on a five-acre hilltop 
site. Name bands will be the policy. 



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DnaMd by 

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PICCADILLY, LONDON. ENa 



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Special Theatrical Rates 



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Thanks to Tom Arnold, "Winter Sports," from Dec. 13th, 1937. to Aug. Ist, 1938 
Thanks to George Black, "Craiy Show," Sept. 12th, 1938. to June 3rd. 1939 
Thanks to George and Harry Foster. William Morris OfFice, and Harry Young 



TTedneeday, June 7, 1939 



VAUDE— NIGHT CLUBS 



VARIETY 85 



AFA HNES MCA 
AaS IN CHI; 
PICKETING 



Chicago, June 6. 

Two acts booked, by the Music 
Corp. of America for a club date 
were ilned by the American Federa- 
tion of Actors here last weelc. AFA 
Is presently picketing MCA. 

Francita was fined $25, with the 
fine later suspended, while the act 
of Victoria and Lomezo was fined 
$24 and suspended indefinitely. Five 
other acts are due to come up for 
trial this week for playing the 
same date. 



ROSE DICKERS SALLY 
RAND FOR B'WAYCASA 



If and when Billy Rose's Casa 
Manana, on. Broadway, reopens, 
Sally Rand may be the headliner. 
Rose has been talking with the 
Morris agency about contracting 
Miss Rand for the Casa's reopening 
show but there's nothing beyond 
that. 

It's not at all definite that the Casa 
will reopen since Rose isn't particu- 
larly anxious to take another nitery 
fling right now inasmuch as his 
Aquacade at the New York World's 
Fair is one of the biggest coin- 
makers. The Diamond Horseshoe, in 
the Paramount hotel building, off 
Broadway, Is his lone cafe repre- 
sentation. 

If Miss Rand conies into the Casa 
show; it's believed she'll sell her in- 
terests in the Ifude Ranch' and 'Miss 
America' shows at the Frisco Fair, 
both of which are understood to 
have slid since the opening weeks. 



The HotbrM, Waldameer Park, 
Erie, Fa., has opened for the summer 
season. 



Philly Hotel Exec Seeks 
To Vacate Cafe's Title 

Philadelphia, June 6. 

Demand has been served on Art 
Padula, operator of the Anchorage, 
that he cease advertising 'Garden 
Terrace' as the tag for his outdoor 
dining room. Samuel Farley, man- 
aging director of the Benjamin 
Franklin hotel, has informed Padula 
by letter that he has rights to the 
label for his dining room. 

Padula maintains that he has been 
using the name for six years and 
refuses to debate it with Farley. 



DETROIT VAUDE-LESS, 
1ST TIME IN YEARS 



Detroit,. June 6. 
The combined elements of the 
Briggs Body strike involving some 
150,000 workers and the lack of 
available acts at this time have 
forced the temporary departure of 
vaude from the Fox (Skouras), De- 
troit, which last week began a sum- 
mer policy of dual films. House re- 
turns to vaude, however, in the early 
fall. 

This marks the first time in years 
that the downtown Detroit area is 
minus a vauder. 



Sharkey Replaces Girard 
As Pennsy License Head 

Philadelphia, June U. 

Charles Edward Sharkey has been 
appointed by Governor James as 
license commissioner in the Depart- 
ment of Labor and Industry. Job 
entails supervision of all agents and 
the working conditions of acts. 

Sharkey replaces Victor Girard, 
Democrat, who was discharged by 
the new Republican administration 
several weeks ago. 



N. Y. KITEET'S BKPTCT. 

The Mexican Catering Corp., op- 
erators of a night club at 1675 
Broadway, N. Y., had an involuntary 
petition of bankruptcy filed against 
it last week in federal court by three 
creditors. 

It is alleged that the bankrupt Is 
no longer functioning, and the sole 
asset is a refund of $385 due on a 
liquor license. 



15 YEARS AGOi 

(From Vajuety; 



James Craig, of the Mail, although 
not actively engaged in reviewing 
for the whole season, was the top 
reviewer in Variety's annual box- 
score of New York drama critics. 



H'wood Chinese Back to Pix Policy 
After Tolies Fails as Stage Hypo 



REUNION IN PHILLY 



Elsie Janis, opening at the Queen's, 
London, was a click in her new 
vaudeville show. . Her lead was Wal- 
ter Fidgeon, a baritone. 



Picture people were going into 
vaude, among them being Beryl 
Merter, Gaston Glass, Flora Finch, 
Lucille LaVerne and Frank Mayo. 



Eight shows closed, seven of them 
hits, and 1,000 people were thrown 
out of work when Equity went on 
strike against the Producing Man- 
agers Assn. 



'Abie's Irish Rose,' Anne Nichols' 
stage hit, renewed its lease at the 
Republic, N. Y., for another year. 
If the show were to last the year it 
would beat the 'Lightnin' record for 
a Broadway stage run. 



With film production on the up- 
beat Equity launched a membership 
drive among the film players. 



Despite an excellent performance 
by O. P. Heggie, The Baronet and 
the Butterfiy' seemed slated for 
doubtful boxoftice after opening in 
Worcester. Laura Hope Crews- and 
Leslie Howard were in the week's 
other out-of-towner, 'The Wer-Wolf,' 
a click. 



Tallulah Banlchead was a 'blinding, 
blonde vamp' in the London produc- 
tion of 'This Marriage,! with Herbert 
Marshall also featured. 



Natural colored films had its first 
showing in Los Angeles. 



Russe Art/ N. Y., Bkpt 

The Russe Art, Second Avenue, 
N. Y., nitery, filed a voluntary bank- 
ruptcy petition in N. Y. federal court 
yesterday (Tues.) listing liabilities of 
$7,322 and assets of $3,516. 

Liabilities include $1,980, owed in 
salaries to 38 persons. 



MarllD, Ex-French War Orphan. 
Meets Benefactor 20 Tears Later 



Philadelphia, June 6. 
It was reunion in Philadelphia for 
George Andre Martin, currently at 
the Walton Roof here, and his spon- 
sor when . he was a French 'war 
orphan' 20 years ago. 

Martin met last week, for- the sec- 
ond time in his life, W. L. Saunders, 
Philadelphia publisher, who sup- 
ported him by . proxy in France 
after the war, backed him through 
electrical engineering school. He's 
currently doing a novelty puppet 
act. 



AFA PUSHES CLOSED 
SHOP DRIVE ON COAST 



Los Angeles, June 6. 
' Drive for closed shop in Los An- 
geles territory has been launched by. 
Jack W. Krainer, head of American 
Federation ol Actors here, with 
campaign aimed primarily at thea- 
tres using, flesh shows where AFA 
holds jurisdiction. 

Most of local vaude houses have 
verbal agreement with AFA, but 
drive is to enforce closed shop pact 
to insure full protection for actors 
and others coming under AFA juris- 
diction. 



From London to Frisco; 
'FoUies' to Bal Tabarin 

'Grandfather's Follies,' nitery re- 
vue, opens at the Bal Tabarin, San 
Francisco, Aug. 1. 

Troupe, headed by Duanne and 
Leslie, with the Muriell Abbott 
girls, recently closed after 21 weeks 
for Music Corp. of America in the 
Grosvenor House, London. 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Attempt of Fox-West Coast thea- 
tres to revive interest in flesh shows 
by booking Clifford C. Fischer's 
'Folies Bergerc* mto its de luxe 
Grauman's Chinese theatre here, 
failed to elicit the interest expected 
and the stage revue folds June 11 
after four and half weeks. 
. For first three weeks of venture, 
grosses came nearly up to expecta- 
tions, with total of around $61,000 
annexed. Day after Memorial Day 
holiday trade took a slump and 
hoped-for six or eight weeks' run 
looked too dubious to continue. 

For final week daily matinees 
have been cut to Wednesday, Satur- 
day and Sunday, with' total of 18 per- ' 
formances on the week, as compared 
with 23 given first couple of weeks. 

Hope of F-WC operating execs 
was that 'Folies' would demonstrate 
demand for flesh shows in Holly- 
wood, especially of the sexy type, 
and there was some talk earlier of 
bringing J. J, Shubert's Golden 
Gate expo production of 'Ziegfeld 
Follies' in to follow. Unfavorable 
notices received by la^er following 
its debut oil Treasure Island, and 
fear that 'Folies Bergere' would col- 
lapse if run were stretched, 
prompted circuit to decide on early 
fold. 

Chinese, once a two-q-day.de luxer 
on Hollywood boulevard, reverts to 
day-date first-run film policy with 
Loew's State starting (13). Fox Wi]> 
shire, currently day-dating with 
State, will again be coupled with 
United Artists for continued first 
runs, with fate of Carthay Circle, at 
present operating with the Wilshire 
policy, still to be deciued. 

'Folies' engagement at Chinese Is 
expected to grind out total gross of 
around $80,000. Stage unit is guar- 
anteed $7,500 weekly, and shares 
after house nut .has been reached. 
Nut first couple of weeks ran close 
to $18,000 mark, but has been sharply 
reduced for final weeks. Attraction 
is understood to have a salary sheet 
of $6,300 weekly. 



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VARIETY 



VAUDE-NIGHT CLUBS 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



Night Club Reviews 



LEON & EDDIE'S, N. Y. 



This W. 62d street institution 
marks its 10th anniversary with a 
costly facelift, reported at some 
$30,000, and since the room, its en- 
vironment and its bonitaces— Leon 
Enlcen and Eddie Davis— constitute 
the sparkplugs of the place, this re- 
view is devoted more to these phases 
than anything else. Besides, since 
reviewed, the show has been 
switched. It was not a particularly 
good card, with an assortment of so- 
so acts, paced by . James Keoghan, 
but then the hors d'ouvres are 
usually secondary to Davis. 

The enlarged Interior Is a com- 
plete switch. What was the back 
(or April in Paris) room is now the 
centre of things. The outer (front) 
room now holds the enlarged bar. 
Both rooms have been merged into 
one lar^e boite, with those bother- 
some pillars removed. That con- 
stituted" the majot' Investment tor 
the 30G reconstruction, as the 
building had to be otherwise rein- 
forced in order to eliminate the par- 
titions. The show is on a rising 
platform, which further aids visibil- 
ity. 

Leon 8c Eddie's has undergone an 
unique career. Through the prohi- 



HILDEGARDE 

OPENING PIERRE HOTEL 
JUNE 15 FOR 4 WEEKS 

RETURN ENGAGEMENT 
AT THE SAVOY-PLAZA, 
OPENING JULY 27 FOR 
INDEFINITE PERIOD. 

Per. Mgr. ANNA SOSENKO 
-Ex. Rep. JACK BERTELL 



bltion era with its grafting enforce- 
ment squad, the mobsters who 
wanted to muscle in, and all the 
rest of it, including post-repeal re- 
adjustment, Enken and Davis have 
been an unusual nitery pair— per- 
haps the ideal partnership for this 
sort of business; Enken at the door; 
Eddie Davis the prime entertainer. 

Davis is an Indefatigable worker, 
with a canny knowledge of how to 
change pace, mixing up the risque 
wordage with sock interpretations of 
contemporaneous pops. He makes a 
saga out pf 'Masquerade Is Over,' 
plus its special Intro matter, and 
then shifts into bawdy parodies on 
'Heart Belongs to Daddy' and saucy, 
chansons like 'Faith, Hope and 
Charity.' Davis is the mainstay of 
the show and while the rest is a 
stage-wait until his frolic, it's a good 
progressive buildup. 

Lou Forman's orchestra, James 
Keoghan as m. c; Royal Whirlwinds 
with their knockabout Apache 
hoke, and assortment of semi-cooch- 
ers, song and dance specialists and 
the Wally Wanger sextet, of tall 
lookers are some of the acts. 

To a $1.50 table d'hote this is one 
of the biggest bargains on S2d street. 
But more importantly, for the trade, 
this 10th anniversary facelift speaks 
plenty for the stability and durabil- 
ity of Leon & Eddie's as an institu- 
tion. Abet. 



HAWAIIAN ROOF 

(Hotel Adelphla, FhlUy) 



Philadelphia, June 2. 
Eddie Valencia orch with Frank 
Fisher & Paul Valencia, Sunl Lauvi, 
Siaflafi, Lulu Holokai & Numi AhU 

The Adelphla, long a popular night 
spot, but without a supper room 
since it ran into labor dlftlculties 
during the winter, reopened its roof 
tonight (Friday). Hotel recently 
came- under the management of 
Howard Hohl, formerly of the Hitz 



Now in the 16th Week 



BOB 
BROMLEY'S 

"PUPPET PERSONALITIES^' 

in 

GEORGE BLACK'S 

"BLACK AND BLUE" 

AT THE 

LONDON HIPPODROME 



London Daily Express: 

"I take off my hat to Bob Bromley for stealing the 
show." 

Daily Telegraph and Morning Post: 
"The cleverest turn I have seen." 



Excluetve Management SHERWOOD and MATHEWS 
European Representative CHARLES L. TUCKER 



BELL'S HAWAIIAN FOLLIES 

wow NE.XT WEEK 

SIATE-LAEE— CHICACK) BIVEBSIDE— UILWATIEEE 

Booked Solid Until OoL 1 
Penonal Bep. . • . . . . . BOB HICKS, HelljWiMid 



chain, and he has spared no expense 
in converting the former dull AdeU 
phia Roof atmosphere into the at- 
tractive Hawaiian Room. Very much 
like the smaller room at Hltz's Lex- 
ington in New York, the new spot is 
easily the most lavish and beauti- 
fully decorated nitery in Philly. Pol- 
icy Is medium-priced, with dinner 
starting at $1.25. 

Not the least of numerous stunts 
is a mural of a Hawaiian mountain 
along one wall. At intervals a 'storm' 
is created. Water actually pours 
down, while two sound machines in 
the back create wind and thunder 
and photographer's flood bulbs make 
lightning. When the storm dies 
down, a baby spot conceives a rain- 
bow. 

An Importation from the N. Y. 
Lexington's H u e w I luu '- RooH»*an4-an. 
innovation for Philly is drinks 
served in halves of fresh cocoanuts. 
Waiters, if it's desired,' put the co- 
coanuts In a box when the drink is 
finished so that they may be taken 
home and the meat eaten. A lei, of 
course, is placed around the neck of 
everyone who enters, and the walls 
and ceiling of the room have been 
authentically covered with lattice 
work and .thatahing to complete the 
atmosphere. Even the tablecloths 
and napkins have been specially 
made in authentic designs. Room 
seats 380 as it is now set up. 

While the room Is no doubt tops 
In appeal, it's another question with 
the entertainment All native and 
authentic as the atmosphere it's 
lacking in quantity and variety for 
patrons accustomed- to standard floor 
shows, although, again, it is pat- 
terned after the Lexington's room, 
which has been operating success- 
fully for two years. 

Set by Music Corp. of America, 
the entertainment consists of a 
mixed Hawaiian and American band 
batoned by Eddie Valencia, which 
plays for both the show and terp- 
ing; three native femme shim-sham- 
mers and a native gal singer. Band, 
in addition, provides some novelties. 

Valencia's nine-piece crew has 
been skilfully' put together to make 
a surprisingly good combo for either 
dancing or listening. Consists of 
trumpet, three saxes and drums 
handled by Americans, plus guitars 
and native instruments played by 
Hawaiians, Paul Valencia; brother 
of the maestro, 'Is featured with his 
steel guitar. Frank Fisher, the 
drummer, does novelty vocals. One, 
'Cockeyed Mayor,' ' in which he 
works with Lulu Holokai, native 
chirper, Is funny. 

Miss Holokai also does the open- 
ing number, a kind of chant that 
sets the pace for the. show. She's 
followed by Sunt Lauvi and Siaflafl, 
femme body-weavers, who work In 
duo, and Numl Ahl, solo hip-twister. 
All three are okay lookers, but their 
turns seem to lack s.a. — mebbe too 
much authenticity. Good idea to 
add Interest to the dances would be 
to have the m. c. explain briefly 
to the aud in advance the very spe- 
cial meaning of the arm movements, 
which now pass practically - un- 
noticed, 

Entertainment as a whole needs 
plenty of work. In addition, . its 
chance for success a{>pears to be in 
getting the patrons to Judge it as 
part of the atmosphere and not in 
the light of a floor sho.w. Herb, 



bounce music literally has the place 
jumping. Yet Miller's is a sweet 
swing, not quite as smooth as that of 
Tommy Dorsey, who is said to have 
become a patron of .the new maestro- 
arranger, but not cacaphonous or 
raucous. Main thing is that It's socko 
dansapation, and the kids are piling 
in. 

All the Glen Island has this year Is, 
as before, a surefire dance band. It's 
long been the cradle of good bands, 
from Glen Gray to Larry Clinton. 
Assisting artists are Marion Hutton, 
sister of ' Betty Hutton, but not so 
jitterbug in her vocalizing; Ray 
Eberle, brother of crooner Bob 
Eberle of Jimmy Dorsey's band, who 
Vkewise handles a nice vocal pop, 
and Tex Beneke, comedian, who also 
sings with the band. 

Unusual for a big bam of this type 
lis' the cuisine. The $1.50 to $3 table 
d'hotes are exciellent from the kitchen 
production standpoint. Abet, 



EL CHICO, N. Y. 



Tereslta Osta, Herminio Gimenez, 
Maria Lulsa Lofez, Lino, Elisa, and 
Carlos, Julian Htiarte orch (6). 

"The Chico Is a Greenwich Village 
institution, a spot that has taken little 
cognizance of what the 'World's Fair 
visitors mean. As result, Benito Col- 
lada — ^who, just started to operate 
the Argentine PavUion restaurant at 
the Fair, colncldentally with his 
Chico— Is one of the least hurt, like 
the other niteries, still feeling the 
exodus to Flushing Meadows. 

His new show is a compact little 
unit of Latin specialists, topped by a 
saucy personality in Maria' Luisa 
Lopez. No wow looker, she charms, 
however, and has a pert manner of 
putting her Intime songs across. 
Tereslta Osta is a fan type of 
dancer — ^but not a fan dancer. It's her 
N. Y.' debut as it Is for Senorita 
Lopez, who hails from Guatamala. 
The comic Lino, Ellsa and Carlos 
trio, two men and gal, are in the 
Mexican Idiom with droll fol-de-rol, 
dong 'cucaracha' and kindred type 
hokum. Herminio Gimlnez Is a 'ban- 
doneon' (accordion) player-singer of 
Argentine tangos. 

Julian Huarte, new band, mixes up 
the native tempos with the U. S. terp 
tunes in good style. Room remains 
one of the top charm Interiors, with 
its authentic Latin decor. ' Abel. 



HOTEL AMBASSADOR 

(NEWTOEK) 

Ramon Ramos orchestra, Milton 
Saunders, James Lozipo; William 
Adler ensemble. 

The summer garden of the Hotel 
Ambassador is doing better business 
comparaUvely than has the hotel's 
Trianon room during the winter with 
a costlier setup. 'Whether it's a com- 
bination of more permanent guests 
at the hotel, the Fair, or the air- 
conditioned appeal of the summer 
restaurant, fact remains it's a bullish 
room. 

Ramon Ramos dispenses the dansa- 
pation with his nifty sextet, mixing 
up the Latin terps with the straight 
foxtrotology. Milton Saunders, radio 
baritone, vocalizes; James Lozipo, at 
the ivories, plugs the waits. William 
Adler's ensemble is the luncheon 
combination. 

Ramos handles the dinner-supper 
sessions. He has been standard among 
class-music bandmasters for several 
seasons, and his new combo main- 
Uins par. Abel. 

GLEN ISLAND CASINO 

(NEW YORK) 

Glenn Miller orchestra, Marion 
Hutton, Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke. 

Before the Fair panned out as It 
did for midtown nitery biz. Lock- 
wood Conkling, operator of the Glen 
Island Casino, doped it that the 
Westchester bunch would want to 
stick to themselves anyway. He has 
hit it more than right, proving that 
Conkling has not been at this spot 
for several seasons for naught. In 
the face of the in-town cafes, clubs, 
etc., taking a beating, his roadhouse 
is doing unexpectedly bullish biz. 

Glenn MlUer, a new band, Is get- 
ting much of the credit for this un- 
usual pull, of course. The swing 
trombonist's aggregation is one of 
the 'coming' orchestras and its 



La Vlsla, on roof of old Buena 
Vista hotel. New Orleans, opened 
Saturday (3) with Jlmmie Garrigmi's 
band. No floor ^ow. 



DEL-SHORE, CHICAGO 

_ „ Chicago, June 2. 
George Hamilton orch, JJoc Mortin. 
Julian & Margery. ^ 

New road spot operated by Sam 
Hare, long prominent in Chicago 
night life. Indicates it'll rate highly 
in Chi's summer activities. 

Seating some 250 in the main room, 
plus additional seats on a smaU 
balcony and in an open-air garden, 
the Del-Shore, basically, has primary 
requisites: good food and service. 
■ Show Is good enough, without go- 
ing overboard on coin outlay. Ruth 
Petty, skedded for the floor, is out 
due to illness. She hasn't been re- 
placed. 

Doc Martin works hard as m.c. and 
keeps things moving at a good clip. 
In between announcements he turns 
in some bang-up magic. Julian and 
Margery are a good-looking dance 
team that's also okay on the' foot- 
work. 

George Hamilton's orchestra Is too 
loud and brassy but has satisfactory 
tunes, solid rhy.thm and good ar- 
rangements though the brass over- 
shadows the melodies. Hamilton has 
a vocalist and an accordionist who 
step out for some solo stuff. Warbler 
is all right and gets by; the ac- 
cordionist can work that push-box 
capably enough but his choice of 

tiin<"! not ton hot. Cold, 



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VARIETY HOUSE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 37 



STATE, N. Y. 

Block & SMy, Irving Caesar, tolth 
C««W 'Dixie" Marks. Milt Brltton's 
luifld. Helen Reynolda Co.. Gray 

Stage bill ruimlDg an hour and 20 
minutes deserved much better busi- 
ness on the opening afternoon, pef- 
(onnance running smoothly and 
building up to a bellylaugh finale 
supplied by Milt Brltton and his mad 
musicians. 

Jesse Block and Eve Sully, plus 
Irving Caesar, are the headline turns, 
with Block the m.c. The. duo saves 
Its stufl lor later, when they get 
their share of giggles stepping ofl 
with a vocal. Earlier he kids about 
the prices at the World's Fair and 
works in a good gag about a nude 
violin. 

Caesar gets better as he goes along. 
Ee explains the reason for his 'songs 
of safety,' first heard on the radio, 
which opened a new 'field for the 
]&rlcist. He wanted to do something 
constructive, something that would 
get him into Heaven, he says. With 
Gerald 'Dixie' Marks at the piano, 
Caesar sings these 'message' num- 
bers with vim: 'When You're Watch- 
ing a Parade* and 'Hot and Cold 

^Composer drew the best returns 
when caught with 'Oh, What a Day 
.That Will Be,' alluded to as the 
•white man's spiritual', a lyric anent 
the end of all war. For encore he 
gave what was called a Roumanian 
folk song, said to be his newest num- 
ber. Called 'Love Is Such a Cheat', 
tuna has a Atelodious Yiddish air 
and is sung with spirit Medley of 
his earlier scoring numbers is also 
accompanied-- by comment For in- 
■tance, Tea for Two' might indicate 
bis favorite beverage, but actually, 
' he says, he likes coSee. 'Want to Be 
Happy', 'Crazy Rhythm,' 'Sometimes 
I'm Happy' and 'Just a Gigolo' are 
also in the medley. 

Brltton, Introduced as the 'clown 
prince of swing* by Block, Is back 
after a long lapse and thQ act de- 
livers a comedy punch. And with 
only one little squirt of seltzer and 
only one violin broken. Understood 
that- after the first show there was 
a powwow with the front of the 
house and some of the extraneous 
rough stuff eliminated. It isn't 
missed. 

Tommy Raflerty, who formerly 
had his own 'two' act is the new 
chief comic and a wow. He's a 
natural clown and also an excellent 
hoofer. Runner-up amonjg the bands- 
men is Irvine JaiTe, whose opening 
■tuff on the E string and a bit wih 
a loose fiddle string is - unusual. 
Chubby Silver and Joe Brltton are 
also featured. Always good is the 
maestro number and the roughhouse 
. finale, 'Poet and Peasant'. 

Show is off to a fast stert with the 
Helen Reynolds roUerskating act 
The five minutes on the smaU mat 
make that form of skating seem 
speedier than steel runners on ice. 
There were a couple of falls that 
the girls took on high. The Gray 
Family, consisting of five girl bru- 
hets and a boy, supply something 
,exceDtlonal in ensemble top dancing, 
"Gray Bonnet' and a Scotoh number 
atanding out Hildegarde Halliday 
goes into the Block and Sully rou- 
tine at one point getting some laughs 
with what she cfiUs a hay fever sola 

Ibee. 



deftly Into the scrim presentation 
backgrounding the Uncoln' feature. 
The girls in this number do a cork- 
ing routine with their crinoline un- 
der-panties (ante-bellum costuming) 
matched by like parasols. It's one of 
the Gae Fosterites' prettiest routines. 

The Variety Singers are chiefly an 
offstage harmony septet also dress- 
ir.v the rostrum as occasion demands. 
Paul Ash per lisual bat. i a good 
show from the pit 

Business rather lleht openihg (Fri- 
day) night final performance.Abet 

STATErLAKE, CHI 



ROXY, N. Y. 

Sylvia Manon & Co. (3), Jack 
Powell, Winfield & Ford, Variety 
Singers (7), Goe Foster Girls. Pou; 
.Ash house orch; "Young Mr. Lincoln' 
(20th), reviewed in this issue. 

Bright stage show at the Roxy, in 
nice contrast to the 'Lincoln' feature 
on the screen. It's a good blend of 
sundry varieties, with enough pro- 
duction values to properly set it off. 
The major shorteoming is that 
"wintry' look lent the show by one 
heavy black velvet drape, and also 
some of the girls' costumes in the 
'Sophisticated Lady' number, which, 
it satin,' look more like velvet anc 
hence not aptly seasonal. 

But the talent values are there. 
Sylvia Manon, with her male trio of 
stalwarts. Is catapulted around to her 
standard 'Blue Danube' routine. 
Jack Powell, with his rhythmic 
drumstick comedy nonsense, Is now 
billed as an 'international star,' hav- 
ing been back and forth frequently, 
most recently to Sweden and adja- 
cent Norse countries. With his 
novelty traps work the mainstay, the 
blackface comedian, in chef's getup, 
is extending his hokum with bits of 
effective byplay. 

The Juvelys (2), in amazing teeter 
board acro-comedy, do difficult 
Btunts, and, in fact missed a couple 
at this show. They wisely don't re- 
prise 11 things go awry. They have 
Plenty in their routine, such as the 
head-to-head balancing, with one 
and later two rubber balls in be- 
tween; the teeterboard balancing 
looking very difficult and flashy, and 
the rest of it 

Wlnfleld and Ford (New Acts) are 
alumni of Tip, Tap and Toe, and 
Plenty okay on the hoof. They blend 
into the riverboat background, that, 
in turn, being the finale, and segue 



PARAMOUNT, N. Y. 



Chicago, June 3. 
Bums & White, Larimer & Hud- 
son, Joan Abbott, Pout Kirkland, 
Bell's Hawaiians. Tip, Tap & Toe; 
Sgt. Madden' (M-G). 

Good vaudeville biU, with the re- 
marlcable Bell's Hawailans holding 
down the big spot This troupe, with 
their ukes and grass skirts, is suit 
able for family time anywhere. 

In the vaude half the talent Is 
solid and standard. Burns and 
White make good with their clean- 
cut dancing bit and comedy dancing. 
Dennis White doubles ' as mc. and 
does a good job ot it Larimer and 
Hudson go over nicely here with 
their bicycle act the tramp comedy 
being especially effective. Paul 
Kirkland clicks strongly with his 
balancing, of the ladder and paper 
cone. t 

Joan Abbott makes an eye-filling 
appearance and registers solidly 
with her throaty delivery of torrid 
pops. On appearance and showman- 
ship Miss Abbott is a cinch any- 
where. This audience went for her 
immensely. ^ 

Tip, Tap and Toe, colored, wind 
up the vaude with their outstanding 
hoofing. They're in military garb, 

Biz good at supper show on Sat- 
urday (3). Gold. 

FOX, PHILLY 

Philadelphia, June 2. 
Cass Daley, Chaney & Fox, Wiere 
Bros., Cappv Barra Ensemble, Gae 
Foster Girls, Adolph Komspan house 
band; 'Ifs o WonderStU World' 
(M-G). 

The Fox show this stanza has been 
built strictly with an eye to the 
bankrolL Ducking completely the 
name bands and Hollywood per- 
sonals it customarily books, the sub- 
stitute this canto is four acts of 
vaude. and a line of gals. There's 
been a general reversal of the film 
policy, too, since a stronger-than- 
usual picture 'for the Fox is pro- 
vided, 'It's a Wonderful World,' 
which is given top billing. 

Flesh lineup suffers principally 
from lack of at least one name. As 
it stands, Cass Daley is given the 
top bracket Miss Daley's okay but 
hardly big enough to fill the required 
hole. Another obvious lack is the 
absence ol an m.c. The Cappy 
Barra Ensemble, which comes in the 
deuce, loUowing the line, was given 
no Intro at all at this catehlng, while 
later turns are brought on by an 
offstage voice. It makes lor chdppi- 
ness, pauses and poor continuity. 

Gae Foster Girls (10) are the lor- 
mer house line at the Palace, Chi. 
They do three numbers, only one 
showing some highly creditable imag- 
ination, and all are marked by less- 
than-standard precision for a Foster 
line. Opener has some merit In that 
the gals swing goU sticks. U. S. 
Open is being played here and 
there's more than usual interest in 
the game here presently. Luminous 
paint idea on the clubs also good. 
Second appearance ol the gals Is in 
a fluffy-skirted' ballet while easily 
the best is the finale, in which they 
work on stilts of various heights to 
get tricky effects. Costuming 
throughout Is mediocre. 

Miss Daley has changed her act 
since her last date in Phllly, smartly 
de-emphasizing her free-wheeling 
face, arms, legs and back, and put- 
ting more time on the warbling. 
There's still plenty of the slapstick 
contortions — perhaps too much — but 
they're used to point up tlie chirp- 
ing Instead of dominating it De- 
spite laryngitis. Miss Daley does 
veiy well with her tunes, both of 
which are very suitable lor her. Sec- 
ond, The Family Album,' is par- 
ticularly strong. Another one like it 
with more of the physical cut-up 
stuff eliminated, would be fine. 

Ballroom duo ol Chaney and Fox, 
long on looks and personality, excel 
in their fine routines with but one 
exception. Novelties presented are 
'The Texas Tommy,' Irom The Cas- 
tles' (RKO), Continental and the 
new EngUsh terp. The Chestnut 
Tree.' 

Wiere Bros. (3) comedians, are 
weU-drilled. Pretty well Iree ol 
slapstick, they're good lor only mild 
laughs. 

Cappy Barra gang (8) completes 
the setup. Lads are togged in stand- 
ard sunimer evening clothes and 
present their harmonica work in 
standard lashlon. There's little 
humor and almost a minimum of 
showmanship, only standout being a 
pretty good rendition of 'Poet and 
Peasant Overture,' which they did in 
'Mad About Music' (U). Long build- 
up is given Freddie Stewart war- 
bler with them, on how they stole 
him away from Mickey Rooney's 
band. He's n.s.h. Herb. 



Emery Deutsch orch, Mildred 
Crat0, Johnny Barnes, Merry Macs, 
Bob Richards; 'Union Pacifi(? (Par). 

Somewhat shortened to allow lor 
the extra-length "Union Pacific' lea- 
ture picture, stage show at the Para- 
mount Is reasonably entertaining, 
with a couple ol genuine standouts. 
Runs approximately 40 minutes, with, 
the Merry Macs, swing vocal lour- 
some, and Johnny Barnes, tapster, 
getting major attention. 
, It's a holdover lor the Merry Macs 
and Johnny Barnes who played the 
house with Richard Himber's band 
>rlor to Deutsch. Macs do lour num- 
}ers and build increasing audience 
attention lor a solid finish. Barnes 
scores with nine minutes ol virtuoso 
hoofing. As has been mentioned, his 
st7ie is distinctly reminiscent ol Bill 
Robinson, but he has a distinct per- 
sonal magnetism and a keen sense ol 
showmanship. 

Emery Deutsch's music Is a curl 
Qus blend of jazz and pop classics. 
Maestro plays the violin and fea- 
tures himself throughout Builds 
most ot the arrangements around his 
own fiddling, but doesn't get as 
much out ol the music as he might 
11 he varied the style of arrange- 
ment and orchestrauons more. SttU, 
he does fairly well, considering the 
size of the crew (13 men, including 
hImseU,), and the slow, semi-concert 
stuff he plays. However, It's neither 
swing nor ambitious orchestrations 
in the Whiteman-Kostelanetz man. 
ner, but a combination that lacks the 
attention-puU of either. His m.cing 
is well handled, being simpi'. direct 
and dignified. 

Mildred Craig, vocalist of the out- 
fit geta the stage for one turn, in 
which she offers three numbers, 'If 
I Didn't Care lor You,' 'I Cried lor 
You' and Tain't What You Do." 
She's distinctly a looker, with t 
graceful carriage and tasteful dress. 
Also has captivating animation, but 
tends to become monotonous by- re- 
peating the same mannerisms, 'voice 
IS okay and she sells a song satisfac- 
torily, but she suffers from that per- 
ennial lault ol band vocalists — lack 
of versatility. After awhile all her 
numbers begin to sound alike. Should 
select her tunes for contrasts and ex- 
: )resslon of different moods. It's just 
he difference between a band vocal 
ist and a name singer. But with 
shrewd development she has possl- 
biliUes. 

Bob Richards, one ol the band 
members, also is spotted for a vocal 
in front of the band. Does a topical, 
but not particularly interesting com- 
position by Deutsch, 'Beautiful Dan. 
ube. No Wonder You're Blue.' Then 
winds up the show with an unabashed 
flag-waver, Irving Berlin's 'God Bless 
America,' with the 'U. S. flag flashed 
on the screen tot the finale. It got 
solid applause from an otherwise 
apathetic house. Hobe; 



song but is more effectual with the 
crooning in the 'Mamba' scene. 
Margo, who scores with an opening 
solo dance, returns later for some 
fast toe stepping. 

Plgmeat and Jimmle Baskette get 
some chuckles with three familiar 
burl^ comic routines. More effec- 
tive Is the session ol this pair with 
Bryant and 'Vivian Harris. Venerable 
'three lovers making love to the 
same girl' bit employed lor a clean 
up. 

Harperettes, the house line, show 
improvement over recent weeks. 

Wear. 



Bros. . . 
Bob Hall. Carroll & Howe; 
Wi/e's Relatives' (Rep) 



APOLLO, N. Y. 



Emmett Mathews orch (14), Willie 
Bryant, Pigmeat, Jimmie Baskette, 
Margo, Ted Allen, Three Bluejack- 
ets, Vivian Harris, Dolores Brown, 
Lillian Spray, Harperettes (18) 
(line); 'Convict's Code' (Mono). 



This can't be rated a name-draw 
show, particularly after Chick 
Webb's crew here last week, but it 
has the wherewithal for Appolo reg- 
ulars. Willie Bryant who formerly 
had his own orchestra, and is more 
recently out of 'Mamba's Daughters,' 
which closed two weeks ago at the 
Empire, N. Y., holds this production 
together while show generally has 
many bellylaughs. 

Emmett Mathews, who played 
saxophone in the house band at the 
Lafayette, also in Harlem, In that 
theatre's stage hey-day, .-.lid has been 
with Fats Waller's crew and other 
outfits, is leading a slick outfit here 
of 13 musicians who. back up his 
warbling and saxophone soloing. 

Opening with 'Keep on Smiling, 
theme number, following a flowery 
intro by Bryant, okay s^ections are 
trimly handled. First lew tunes, 
however, were too heavy on the 
brass when caught The crew later 
had smooth sailing, aided by 
Mathews' personable salesmanship. 

Organization has a smooth ivory 
manipulator, who gets his break in 
the 'Blue Skies' number, evenly bal- 
anced b^ass and reed sections' and ah 
excellent trombone soloist. Singing 
accompaniment by band members 
also is evenly handled and might 
well be developed further. 'Don'' 
Worry About Me' gives Mathews 
chance to warble and solo on the 
sax. 'When My Dream Boat Comes 
Home' is closing tune lor the orches 
tra outside the show's blowoff num 
ber. Mathews would do well 
curb his warbling; not that he can 
sing— just too much. Lillian Spray, 
amateur winner here, appears durinj : 
the band's turn, doing nicely with 'I: ' 
I Didn't Care' and 'Heaven Can Waif 
songs. 

Bryant tips off how he's going to 
dominate the show when he makes 
something ol a bathing beauty con- 
test opener, which is really ordinary 
stuff made clicko solely on Bryant ,° 
merits. Same is true ol a 'Mamba'L 
Daughters' episode, which lollows 
some torrid bumps by the Har- 
perettes, Bunch here ate It up. 

Three Bluejackets do satisfactorily 
with their tap session. Dolores 
Brown is okay with her 'Tormented' 



FLATBUSH, B'KLYN 



Ina Rqy Hutton orch (16) , If athane 
(2), Jean Kirk & Claytons (3), 



•My 



This is the last flesh layout lor the 
Flatbush until the latter part of 
August when the operators, the 
Brandts, plan to add several other of 
their N. 'x. houses to a combo policy, 
forming a small circuit 

Patronage of the Flatbush Is ep- 
larently : easy to satisfy, something 
liat's noticeable in most N. Y. nelgh- 
gorhood houses. Current show is an 
example. 

The entire bill is only mediocre, 
but when caught Friday night a 
well-filled house almost lifted the 
roof cheering the turns. 

Miss Hutton's melodears, as she 
bills her all-girl crew, open the 
show with a number having em- 
phasis on the brass; they play 
comparatively few straight band 
numbers. Outfit is badly set up, a 
mike placed In front of the sax sec- 
tion throwing the outfit off balance 
on the p.a. system. Beyond that it's 
a moderately good aggregation, the 
brass showing up well occasionally, 
and several soloists deservedly spot- 
lighted. ^ 

Nathane Bros, tee off the support- 
ing ' list Their forte is drawing 
tunes Irom a guitar and violin dur- 
ing aero routines and lor the flnale 
they do acres without the Instru- 
ments. Execution is comical at 
times -and good lor laughs. High, 
light is a balance trick, head to 
head, while working the Instruments. 
Jean Kirk and me Claytons tap 
their way to a neat click. Trio get 
away with unison taps and close tin 
same way. . In between there's l 
solo by one of the men and a high 
kick routine by Miss Kirk. Taps are 
neatly executed. Bob Hall has the 
audience with him all the way in his 
old turn of 'making up songs as he 
goes alone.' He's on too long here, 
though Ivs by request Stuff gets 
monotonous after 10 minutes or so 
and he's on more than twice that 
long. 

Carroll and Howe also go over. 
Their style Is gags and a bit ol terps 
alone the Burns and Allen line. 
Start slowly but build to a good fln 
Ish. Most of the finale impression is 
due to the lemme halfa enthusiasm. 
In between she pipes 'I Can't Give 
You Anything But Love* well, fin-^ 
ishing with an imitation ol Louis 
Armstrong's trumpetine. 

Miss Hutton gives the customers 
something to 'ooh' and 'eh' about 
with her gown changes and style ol 
batoning. Gal goes over with the 
balconyites particularly. Her pip- 
ing Isn't bad, best being near the 
close, using the oldie, 'Rain, Rain 
Away,' in swing style. 



STRAND, N. Y. 

Pancho's orch, Mario A Florid, 
Billy Rayes, Mixtica Trio, Vetera 
Doreta & Tereseta. Lolita Cordoba; 
'Juarez* (WB). 

It's Hispanic all the way here this 
week with 'Juarez' on the screen and 
the Pancho orchestra, plus Latin 
acts, on the stage. Due to the length 
ot the feature, 135 minutes, the in- 
person element Is held down to 35 
minutes, with house doing five shows 

day by squeezing, - 

Pancho himself is doubling from 
the La Conga, Broadway night club, 
where he does two shows nightly. 

His band (IS) was at the Plaza 
hotel (N. Y.) about a year ago and 
is to return there for another en- 
gagement Outfit is billed as by 
courtesy ol that hostelry. Latin in 
background and leaturing rhumbas 
mostly, the Pancho organization also 
handles sweet music with lealty and 
good effect Pancho has consider* 
able of an accent while his men aro 
costumed ih character. Harry Gour- 
taln, stager here, has set the band to 
advantage, providing scenic back- 
ground that is both suitable and in 
good taste. 

Nut for the show is below that of 
most which have played the house 
since it went into Its present policy 
more than six months ago. This 
suggests judicious showmanship by 
the management since conditions lor 
the bjo. aren't so hot on Broadway 
anyway. 

Spanish-type acts with Pancho are 
Lolita Cordoba, song soloist; the 
Mixtica Trio of comedy dancers; 
Mario and Florla,' ' ballroom team 
lormerly at the Sen Room in tha 
Waldorf hotel (N. Y.), and Volera, 
Doreta and Tereseta castlnet danc- 
ers. In addition, for a little relief; 
the house booked in Billy Rayes 
(New Acts), a juggler who can get 
along In niost company. 

Miss Cordoba gets by. On early, 
she does two numbers, one of whldi 
is hit considerably by too many 
maracas and the like. She tops it 
with a lltUe shagging. Mario and 
Florla are smash in two ballroom 
numbers. 

Pancho's band stint Includes > 
clever arrangement of 'Liebestraum' 
and another arrangement of "Cara* 
van.' 

Business fairly good Frldav night 
(2) at the first show. Char. 



KEITH'S BOSTON 



Boston, June 3. 
Ross Bros (2), Troy & Lynne, 
Johnny Burke, Roses Parisian 
Midoet Follies (15) ; •Ponama Patrol' 
(GJv) and 'Racketeers of Ranoe' 
(RKO). 

About the least exciting show of 
the season at this house, mainly be- 
cause the Rose midget troupe takes 
up most of the time. Three acts 
give the bill a fair start however. 

Johnny Burke is standout In this 
hall ol the show, getting swell re- 
sponse to his humorous monolog 
about mishaps ol a doughboy in the 
AEF. Burke has a lew new gags 
since his last time around and the 
laughs come Irequently. 

Ross Bros, open witiv some good 
balance work and finish with flashy 
tricks on apparatus. A headstand 
slide on a roller device down an in 
dine is good and walking up and 
down a set of stairs with nand 
stands lands applause. Troy and 
Lynne are accomplished soft shoe 
dancers. Their best bet Is a satirical 
jitter flnale. 

Rose'.s midget revue closes. Troupe 
is way below standards of this 
house. On lull stage these tiny peo. 
pie are completely lost to begii 
with, and another staging fluke is In 
putting the house band in the 
this week and leaving onstage 
corny five-piece outfit that appar- 
ently travels with the unit 

Much emphasis is laid on Vance 
Swilt, a 30-ihch lad, whose stature 
is startling, but whose talenU are 
weak. He s worked into a hillbilly 
trio number, a hurley fan dance and 
also has a solo spot with a colored 
stooge, Hollis Edwards, in a magic 
trick. 

Edwards Is the best hoofer in the 
gang, and deservedly has a solo tap 
spot later showing up well in s 
Cakewalk with Esther Howard 
Samuel Eskenas is an adequate high 

g itched vocalist and Mary Ellen Bur- 
ack does a lair Impersonation ol 
Mae West fox 



STANLEY, PITT 



Pittsburgh, June 2. 
Dave Broudy's orch (16), Johnny 
Perkins. Bert Wheeler with Hank 
Ladd & Francetta Malloy. Trado 
Twins, Iris Wayne, Lester Cole b 
His 6 Debutantes, Shanghai Wing 
Troupe (8); 'Callino Dr. Kildare* 
(M-G). 

- ■ - 

Opening show Friday altemoon 
(2) was. a mess because everybody 
seemingly tried to see how long he 
could stay on. Ran almost 80 min- 
utes. Corrective measures were ap- 
Dlied Immediately, however; Johnny 
Perkins, m. c, got them on and off 
laster, at the same time cutting down 
his own allotment with second per- 
lormance, cut a third, looking more 
fit In lact whole show resembled 
a first-class unit at the second show- 
ing. 

Marquee topper Is Bert 'Wheeler 
and although diminutive comedian 
has never been a major b. o. draw 
here In films,, he's gving the custom- 
ers their money's worth once they're 
Inside. Wheeler's one of the lew 
Hollywood names who has outfitted 
himsell with a real turn belore head- 
ing Into vaude. Of course, that's ex- 
plained by his original vaude back« 
ground. Assisted by Hank Ladd. 
Francetta Malloy and an unbilled 
aero dancer who% on briefly. 'Wheeler 
clicks all the way with a vigorous, 
well-tempoed quarter-hour, gener- 
ously gagged and liberally punc> 
tured with bellylaughs. Material 
Is sureflre, the asslstanta are continu- 
ously helpful end comic himsell has 
an easy, engaging, offhand manner 
that has the crowd swinging with 
him at the gun. 

Perkins, a long-time lave In these 
parts, takes over at the outset with 
a llock ol stories, which he could 
have slashed . in hall and thus 
doubled his effectiveness, and then 
brings on Lester Cole and his Six 
Debutantes, an attractive vocal turn. 
Septet kicks in first with medley, in- 
cluding 'Pretty Girl Is Like A 
Melody.' lor the Individual Introduc- 
tion ol lemmes, and 'This Can't Be 
Love,' moves into a symphonic tone 
poem on 'Deep Purple^ and winds up 
after gals have changed Into white, 
strapless gowns with a collection of 
'Show Boat' tunes. For an encore,' 
they do '3 Little Fishles' to ease the 
seml-classlcal strain. Act's a bit too 
slow lor this type ol show. 

Trado Twins lollow and pep things 
up with a turn of varied virtues. 
Dancing and pantomimic comedians 
should, however, have cooked up at 
least one new trick before coming 
back so soon; It's the same turn to 
the last fleeting word and gesture 
they did here less than year ago. 
Perkins himself fills the next spot 
batoning Broudy's crew through 
'Margie*^ and 'Some ot These Days* 
and then putting across a corny 
ballad of yesteryear called •Drug 
(Continued on page 39) 



38 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, June 7, 1959 



Variety Bills 

NEXT WEEK (June 9) 
THIS WEEK (June 2) 

Numerals In eonneetlon with bills balbw indicate openina day of 
a'hew, whether full or split week 




NEW YORK CITX 

Slate (8) 
DInty Doyl« 
F & J Hubert 
MlnnCTltch Ragoals 
Allen & Kent 
Nslaon Novelettes 
Buddy Clark 
riTTHB|-KOH 
StnnleT (S) 
Johnny Perkins 



12 Aristocrats 
Marlnii Taller 
Slate BroH 

WAiMfUfGTON 
Cnpltol (») 
:o Rhythm Rockets 
Bvelyn Tynar 
Stone & Lee 
Arthur Trencher 
Dorn Bros & Mary 
Jack La VIer 
Enters & Borgia 



FaramoDiit 



NEW YORK riTY 

faramoant (7> 
Harry Janies Bd 
Jane Fromnn 
Chesternelds 
Stapletona 



CHICAGO 
ChleaRo (•> 

Moore ft Itevel 
PIchianna Tr 
Ovy Robertson 
Tommy RIcga 




4 Gordons ' 
ISotler A Day 
PITMAN 
Broadway (10 only) 
Gates ft Claire 
Belett & Bnglleh B 
Shanghai Wing Tr 
One to fill 



M'U.LO\r GROTE 
milow Grore Park 
(U onl») 

Toy & Wing 
Moss ft Ferris 
Fortunello ft C 
LaVere & Ware 
Mae Wynn ft Z Co 




Week of Jnne 6 



NEW YORK CITY 

HDBle'Han (8) 
Anthutlna 
Nicholas Daks 
Jan Pierce 
Joyce Cole 
Margaret Sande 
George Bookman 
Corp de Ballet 
Rockettes 
Olee Club 
Brno Rnpee Sympb 

nOSTON 
BKO Keith (9-11) 
Jim Wong Tr 
Cappy Barra Bns 
Sid Marlon 
J Harold Hurray 



DeVal Merle ft Dee 
(1-4) 

Ross Bros 

Troy & Lynn 

Johnny Burke 

Ike Rose's Midgets 
CHICAGO 
Palace (9) 

t Grnya 

Vio Hyde 

Onton . Welles Co 

Arren ft Broderick 

Variety Gambols 
(«) 

Honey Family 
J & G D'Ormonde 
Bvans' ft Mayer 
Rio Bros 

Harrison ft Fisher 



Warner 



NEW YORK CITY 
Btrnnd (B) 

Fancho ft Ore 
Billy Rayes 
Marlon ft Florla 
Iiollta Corduha 
Mextloo 3 
Bollero ft Don to 
Teresa Osia 
Cartdad Gardla 
Espernnza Iris 
PHILADELPHIA 
Fox (9) 
Johnny Darls Ore 
(8) 

Gae Foster Gls 
Cass Daley 
Ctaaney ft Fox 
3 WIere Bros 
Cappy Bnrra Pins 
PITTBBrRGn 
Staaley (9) 
Johnny Perkins 



12 Aristocrats 
Marinn Talley 
RIate Bros 
TItnn 3 

(!) 

Jonnny Porklns 
Bort WheekT 
Irls Wayne 
Trado 3 

Shanghai W<ng Tr 
Lester Cole Debut 
WASHINGTON 
Karle (9) 
It Gae Foster Gls 
Barr ft Estes 
Olchn Pope 
Thef Virginians 

m 

Burt (IrnnoR 
R ft V FIckert 
Hector 

The Virginians 
IS Gae Foster Gls 



World's Fair 



NEW YORK 
Aqnacade 
Eleanor Holm 
Johnny Welasmuller 
Morton Downey 
Gertrude Ederle 
Frances Williams 
Marshall Wayne 
Stubby Krneger 
F Woring Olee Cluli 
Corky Kellum 
Willie. West ft M 
Pete Dosjardlns 

CiTstnl Palace 
Roslta Royce 
Wllma Jonle 
Arthur Elmer 

Mertle England 
Vlng Merlin Ore 
Dagenhsm Pipers 
Albertlna Rasch Co 
Kings Horses 
Russell Bradshaw 
Louis Topps Co 
Itarry Fetterer 
' Old Ne<r York 
Marlon Eddy 
Ann Penntngtoii 
Amy Revere 
Marlon Weeks 



Jean Bedlal 
Harry Spear 
Fred Ardath 
Jack Conway 
Ralph Delno 
Jock Howard 
Sam Kramer 
Jack Goldle 
Harry Pollard 
Hans Schweng 
Cliester Halo Gls 
S Tiny Rosebuds 
CnTnleade of 
Centaurs 
B A Rolte Ore 
Steve Clemento Co 
Col Zack Miller Co 
Capt Wm Sterling 
Dare ft. Dolores N 
Bud Reagan 
Horace .Lewis 
Howard Cragg 
Geo Gates 
The Gonzalez 
Billy Keen 
Ralph Clark 
S G ft Valeria S 
Ann«^ Wilson 
Art Bnden 
Tommy . Privett 
Basil Stadnick 



NEW YORK CITY 

Rosy (9) 
Salvia Manon Co 
Wlnfleld ft Ford 
Javelys 
Jack Powell 

ATLANTIC CITY 
Bteel Pkr (11 only) 
Belett ft English B 
(Others to Oil) 

PHILADELPHIA 
Carman (9-10) 
Morgan & Randall 
R ft B English 
Midshipmen 
(One to HID 
Woodslde Park 
(11 onlr) 
Midshipmen 
(Others to fill) 
BALTIMORE 

Hlpimdrom* (9) 
Ozzle Nelson Oro 
Harriett Hllllard 
Betty Lou 
Rosanne Stevens 
Boss Wyse Jr 

State (8-0-19) 
Moss ft Ferris 
LaVere ft H Warn 
Uae Wynn ft Z Co 



(lt-14) 
J Kirk ft Claytons 
Harry Holmes Co 
Shanghai Wing Tr 

LANCASTER 
Colonial (19 only) 
Toy ft Wing 
Fortunello ft C 
Harry Holmes Co 
KInley ft Grant R 
INDIANAPOLIS 
Lyric (9) 
A Robins 
4 O'Connors 
Ward ft Mllford 
Judy Talbot 
Znvftlta Tr 
12 Bnila Gls 

Rufe Duvls 
J ft P HIchon 
Hudson Wonders 
York ft Tracy 
P <t P Selsndla 
Ann Brandon 
-MII.WAIfKRE 
RIverelde (S) 
lizzie LIsh 
b't Claire ft O'Day 
Jcbniiy Bryant 



Dominion 
Badminton Players 
Bobb> May 
Dudes & Klla 
CAMDKN TOWN 

Gnnmont 
Simpson Co 
Vardel 4 

CLAPHAM 

(rranndn - 
Len Cor*oz Co 
EAST HAM 

Gmnada 
Jewell ft Warriss 
Tollefsen 
Marian Pola 
Jean ft Trixle 

Premier 
Don Galvan 
Will Carr Co 
Bway Boys ft B 
OUEENWICH 

Granada 
Jewell & Warriss 
Tollefsen 
Marian Pola 

Jean ft Trixle ■ 

HASU1ER8MITH 

Oaamont 
O'Gorman Bros 



Chevalier Bros 
Rennra 

ISLINGTON 
Blue Hall 
Los Terrlanos 
Young Madrigal 
LEWI8HAM 
4flaumont 
Georgle Wood Co 
Dorothy Groy Co 
Msrlo Lorenzl 
Verek ft Moir 
SHEPHVA nCHB 

Pavlltoii ' 
J Maskelyne Co 
Chevalier Bros 
Renara - 

STRATFORD 
Broadway 
Don GItlvan 
Win C^rr Co 
Bway Boys ft B 
TOOTING 
Granada 
Leon Cortez Co 
WOOLWICH 
Granada 
Bryan MIchle Co ' 



Proyindal 



Week of June 5 



DUNDEE 
Palace 
Cable ft Carr 
Bredle & Steel 
Kathleen Stanley 
Foster ft Clarke 
Six Tiller Gls 
P ft J Desmond 
Pop Seymour Ore 
LIVERPOOL 
ShakesplFaie 
Jimmy O'Dea 
Harry O'Ponovan 
Emerald Gls 
Lalla Dodd 
Jim Johnson 
Jaok Maguire 
Tcm Dunne 



Bernard Hayden 
Josle Day 
Hay Tipple 
Michael Ryan 
Jimmy Wlldman 
GLASGOW 
PaTUion 
Tommy Uorgan 
Tommy Yorke 
B Sherry Bros 
Ina Harris 
Jack Reattle 
Joe NIchoir 
Lucy Loupe 
Lillian Gaye 
Morganeltcs 
Herbert Cave 



Cabaret Bills 



NEW TOBX CITT 



Armando'B 

Buddy Clarke Ore 
SIgrld Lassen 

Barney Gallant's 

Red RIngo 
Steve Harris 
MItzl O'Neill 

Bin BertoIotU'e 
Angelo's Rh'mba Bd 
Linda March 
Lynn ft Mairlon 

BlU's Gay 99's 
Florence Wyman 
Stuart ToiiHg 
William ft Lorraine 
Bernard Grauer 
Charles Strickland 
Spike Harrison 
Harry Donnelly 
Harold Wlllard 
Chatrnn Hodeme 
Paul Bass Oro 
Jill Roy 
Gabriel 
Lynn Russell 
Marlon Farrar 
George Rlxon 
aub 18 
Jaok White 
Pat Harrington 
Jerry Kruger 
Jane Reynolds 
Judy Rudle 
Wllma Novak 
Frankle Hyers 
Leila Gaynes 
Beale St Boys 
Q Andrews Ore 

Clob Gancho 
Consuelo Solorzano 
-Maria Del Rosarlo 
Maria Del Carmen 
Los Trobadores 
Juan Makula Oro 

Cotton Clob 
Cab. Calloway Ore 
Bill Robinson 
Sister Tharpe 
Tanya 

Katherino Perry 
Beachcombers 
Glenn ft Jenkins 
Ruby Hill 
Son ft Sonny 
Myra Johnson 
Vodary Choir 

Caban Casino 

Aug Ssnabrlo Oro 
Quart Marcano Oro 
Consuelo Horeno 
DeLlmas 
Nedra Madera 
Raquel Abella 
Diamond Honeahoe 
Noble SIssle Oro 
Don McGrane Ore 
Fritzl Scheft 
Buddy Doyle 
Margot Brandar 
Frank LIbuse 
Tom Patrlcola 
Joe Howard 
Clyde Hager 
Mangean Tr 
Lucille Johnson 
Emma Francia 
Lulu Bates 



Willie Solar 
Harry Armstrong 
Bllzabeth Murray 

EI CUco 
Teresltn Osta 
Hermlnio GImenez 
Maria Lulsa Lopez 
Julian Hnarte Oro 

El Morocco 
Val Ernie Oro 
DeVera Rh'mba Bd 

Faroonii Door 
Louis Prima Oro 
Johnny ft George 

Glen Island Casino 

Glen Miller Ore 
Tex Benoke 
Marlon Hutton 
Ray Bberle 

Havana-Madrid 

Roslta Ortega 
Tapla 

Rone ft Stella 
Patricia ft Cesar 
Roslta RIos 

Hickory Hense 
Joe Harssia Oro 

3 Marshalls 

Hotel Ambassador 

Ramon Ramos Oro 
William Adler 
James Lozlpo 
Milton Saunders 

Hakel Astor Roof 

Rudy Vallee Oro 
Lola London 
Ginger Manners 
Bob Neller 
Frank Cook 
H'tel Belmont-Plaia 
Ernie Hoist Oro 

3 Smoothies 
Joan Merrill 
Belmont Balladee-* 
Adrian Rolllnl 3 

Hotel Blltmore 
Horace Heldt Ore 
Lysheth Hughes 
Larry Cotton 
Bob McCoy ' 
Fred Lowery . 
Henry Russell 
Red Ferrlngton 

4 Heldt-Ll^hts 
Hotel Commodore 

Paul TIsen Oro 

Hotel Edison 
Blue Barron Oro 
3 Blue Notea 
Ernie Straub 
Rusa Cnrlyle 
Ronnie Snyder 
Hotel Essex Honse 
(Casino on the P'k) 
Sammy Kaye Ore 
3 Barons 
Arthur Murray 

Hotel Oct. Clinton 
Bddy UayeboB Ore 
Betty Gale 

Hotel HaU Moon 

(Coney Island) 
Harry. Rogers Oro 
Terrace Trio 



Lynn Russell 
Jark Palazzo 
Syd Seeley 

Hotel Lexington 
Bay Kinney Oro 
Esther Shaw 

Hotel Lincoln 
Jan Savitt Oro 
Mile Herth 3 

Hotel HcAlpIn 
J Ueasner Oro 
Jeanne D'Arcy 

Hotel New Yorker 
Jan Garber Ore 
Jane Claire 
Vera Hruba 
Nathan Walley 
Edith Dustman 
Douglas Duffy 
May Judein 
Du Relne Farley 
Ronny Roberts 
Hoss'MacLean 
Hotel Park Centrnl 

(Cocoanot Grove) 
Larry Clinton Oro 
Enrica ft Novello 
■Mary Dupaii 

Hotel Park Lane 
Freddie Starr Oro 
Bob . LIdn 
Al Harris 

Hotel Pennsylvania 

Tommy Dorsey Ore 
Jnek Leonard 
Edythe Wright 
Skeels Herfurt 
3 Esquires 

Hiitel Pierre 

B Madrlguera'Orc 
P ft G Hartman 
Skylarks 

Hotel Plaza 
Jack Marshard Oro 
Mary Jane Walsh 



I.a Uarqnlse 
BUI Palermo Ore 

Gloria Whitney 
Harold Leonard 
Frances Connelly 
Nino Nonno 
Elena McCoy 
We.nda Nolen 

Uirne 
Eddie Davis Oro 
Joseph Smith Ore 

Le Ceq Boogo 

Lady Strickland 
Geo Sterney Ore 
Anne Frnnclno 
TIadale 3 

Le Rubun BIcD 
Herbert Jacoby 
Hope Emerson 
Marie Eve 
Elsie Houston 
Greta Keller 
Grazlella Pnrraga 
George Lloyd 

Leon A Eddie's 
Lou Martin Ure 
Bddle Ddvis 
tris Adrian 
Ting Pin Sou 
Itoyal Whirlwinds 
RUa Mnrtln 
Lucky Sis 
Z High Spots 
Susan ft Christine 
Jerri WIthee 
Jnmes Keogan 
Ann Bronte 
Wnlly Wanger , 6 

Lock * Key Club 

Reed Lawton 
Mabel Scott 
N.T.G.'s MIdu't San 
Buddy Wagner Ore 
Dorothy James 
DInora 



JUST FINISHED 
Five Weeks with 
WAYNE KING UNIT 

LYNN ROYCE 
and VANYA 

at Present Playing 
CHICAGO, CHICAGO 

VIA 

MARK J. LEDDY 



Hotel Rooeevelt 

Guy Lombardo Oro 

Hotel Savoy-Plaza 

EmIle Petti Oro 

Dwight FIske 
Hotel St. George 
Bermada Terrace 

Dave Martin Ore 
Dee William 

Hotel St. Merits 

Jack Sherr Ore 

(Sky Gacdcns) 
Basil Fomeen Oro 
Collett ft Barry 
Yvonne Bouvler 

Hotel St. Regis 
(Irldlnm Boom) 

Dorothy Lewis 

H ft M Simpson 

Sam Jarvls 

Brie Relter 

Chas Baum Ore 

(Viennese Boot) 

Mary Parker 
Billy Daniels 
Nora Gale 
Harold Richards 
Joe RInes Ore 

Hotel Tatt 
Enoch Light Ore 
Peggy Hann 
GeoTxe Hlnes 
Smith Howard 
Light Brigade 

Hotel Waldorf- 
Astoria 

(Starilght Boot) 

Eddie Duchin Oro 
Durelle Alexander 
Beauvel ft Tova 
(Bert Boom) 
Xavler Cugat Oro 
Georges ft Jslna 
George Shelley - 

Hotel Warwick 

3 Marshalls 
Paul Sparr Ore 

Hotel White 
Lou Lang Trio 
International Casino 
Geo Hale Rev 
Milton Derle 
Harry Rlchman 
Allen Roth Ore 
Ranny Weeks Ore 
Puul Ren:os Co 
Jansleys 
Arno ft Arnette 

4 Feminine Notes 
Georgle Tapps 
Virginia Verrlll 
DIoaa Costello Ore 
IC Parsona-A Sweet 

Jimmy Kelly's 
Joe Capello Oro 
Inga Borg 
Gladya Faye 
Princess Aloma 
Mary Lane 
Tanya ' 
Lee Leslie 
Carter ft Sehaub 
Terry Shannon 
Peggy de la Plante 
Montmartre Boys 
Danny Hlgglns 
Sid Hawkins 
Vaugh Comfort 
Gonz'les ft 'Christine 
John Rockwood 
Gene Walters 

Kit Kat Olob 
Ray Durant Ore 
Dorothy Saulters 
Lorenzo Roberson 
Teddy Hale 
Velma MIddleton 
Dotty Rhodea 
Connie Harris 
Hotcha Drew 
Btsy Cooper 
Conway ft Parka 

La Conga 
Tito Coral 
Trio MIxteco 
Eva & Paul Reyes 
Deol Arnaz Ore 



Lee Royce 
Jeanne Walters 
Man Paris 
Charlie Murray Ore 
Mary Cohan 
JImray Rogers 

Monte Carle 
Ted Straeter Ore 
Bob Knight Oro 
Sick Smart 
Blaine Baaaett 
Peggy Healey 
Anita Colby 
Evelyn Kelly 
Rosanne Murray 

Onyx Clob 
John Klrby Oro 
Lee Wiley 
Uaxine Sullivan 

Paradise 

Richard HImber Or 
Stuurt Allen 
Jack Waldron 
Janis Andre 
Gil ft Mason 
Buddy ft B Brunell 
Bob Parker 
VIckl Allen 
Barry McKlnfey 
Valya Valentlnoft 
Rex Weber 

Pepper Pot 
Jcc D'Andrea Oro 
Bob Matzl Ore 
Amedeo 
Al Ferguson 
Iris Raye 
Prince Singh 

Place Elegante 

Lee Lazaro Oro 
Bill Farrell 
Ben Kaufman 
Tommy Mills 
Irva Harris 
Rex Gavltte 

Plantation Club 

Chris Columbus Oro 
Barrlngton Guy 
Sally Gooding 
Ross Collins 
Joyce Beasley 
Rene ft Estela 
Lillian Fitzgerald 
Al ft Freddie 
Harris ft Scott 
Rubberneck Holmes 

Queen Uory 
Corlles ft Palmer 
Elaine Spencer 
Roberta Welch 
Katharine Tate 
Radio Frank's Clsb 
Dorothy Whitney 
Fred Whitney 
Fred Bishop 
Ethel Gilbert 
Qua WIcke 
Joe Gallagher 

Rainbow CriD 
Barry WInton Oro 
Marlynn ft Michael 

Rainbow Boom 
Al Donahue Ore 
Wllma Cox 
Jack Cole Co 
NIta Carol 
Eddie La Baron Ore 

Blvlera 
(Ft. Lee, N. J.) 
Ted Klo BIto Oro 
Howard Lolly Ore 
Joe B Lewis 
Faith Bacon 
Raye ft Naldl 
Frazee Sisters 
Frank Paris 
< Jitterbugs ' 

Bosalan Kretcbma 

Nadia Mlrovs 

Nastia Pollakova 

Simeon Karavaeff 

Michel Mlchon 
. Show Bar 
(Forest Hills) 

Walter Powell Ore 

Bddle Miller 

Fred Jagels 



Jack ft Jean ' 

(Bermnda Boon) 
Walter Powell Ore 
Jean Burton 
Marlon Joyce 
Martha Wresshall 

Stork Clnb 
Sonny Kendis Ore 
Jose Lopes* Oro 
Tony's . 

Spivy 

Francis Schulman 
Jack Bland 
James Douglas 
Tony Soma 

Versailles 
M Bergere Oro 
Martha Burnett 
Gloria Grant 
Giovanni 
Panehlto'Oro 

Village Barn 
Howard Woods Ore 
Gwen Williams 



Freda Sullivan 
Polly Jenkins Ce 
Nell ft Nolan 
Lou Valero 
Walter Donahue 
BlUy Burns Co 

Whirling Top 
Geo Morris Oro 
Paloma 
Irene Stanley 
Patricia Marrh 
G ft C Herbert 
Russell Dracken 
Nora Williams 
Great Calvert 
Carlisle Sis 

Yacht Clnb 
Al Sbayne 
Playboys 
Yvonne 
Omar 

Phyllis Colt 
Ollrone ft Starr 
Tom Christian Oro 



1,08 ANGELES 



Blltmore Bowl 
Hacker ft SIdell 
Woody Wilson 
Jeanne Darrell 
Earle, Fortune ft P 
Cantu ■ 

Pinky Tomlln Oro 
Cafe Callento 

Chuy ft Mario 
Diana Castillo 
Julio Cervantes 
Luz Vaaquoz 
Pancbo 

Eddie Agullar Oro 
Cafe iM Maze 

Park Avenue Boys 
Paul WInchell 
Matty Haliieck Ore 

Club Ball 
George Yount 
Bmz Fletcher 

ClBb VersalUes 
Jerry Lester 
Walton ft O'Rourke 
June Slllman 
Leonard Keller Oro 

Coeoannt. Grove 
Coleman Clark . 
Voioz ft Yolanda 
Ansnn Weeks Ota 

Eari (^rroll 
Ken Stevens 
3 Lovely Sis 
W ft B Howard 
NIrska 

Three Swifts 
Johnny Woods 
Four Hot Shots 
I^la Moore ' 
Susan Miller 
Beryl Wallace 
Reginald Craig 
Igor & Tanya 
Archie Bleyer Oro 
Florrntlno Garden 
BUI Roberts Ore 
Grace Hayes Lodge 
Grace Hayes 
Llnd Hayes 
Joe Frisco 
Charlie Foy 
Nick Cochran Ore 
HawalloB Paradise 
Mabel Kealotaa 
Bddle Valencia Ore 

Indigo Cafe 
Sid Brown 
Jimmy Ellard 
Jack Frost 
Val Harris 

l«'0«aga 
Pepe Romero ' 
Anita Bstallta 
Lollta ft Monlta 
The Theodores 
Chavez Ore 

IJttIo Clnb 

Jane Jones 
Paul Kendall 
Grace Painter 



Uttio Hnngary 

Valeaco Co 

Marcel's 
Helen Morgan 
Darryl Hariwr Ore 
Neville Fleeson's 

Handelur 
June Kllgour 
Joe Ortiz. 
Jimmy Kerr Oro 

Palomar 
Lionel Kaye 
Paul Gordon 
The Keen Twins 
Carl ft MarJOrle 
Arlte Shaw Ore 

Paris Inn 
Dominie 

Shrlner Twins ft M 
The CostoUos 
Harg'rlts ft M'rtlnez 
Ken Henryson 
Eric Massey 
Henry Monet 
Helen Miller 
Chuck Henry Ore 
PbU Selralck's 'It' 
UanrI Vaughn 
Alicia Grays 
Bill Lankin . 
Lucille Young 
Wally Burke 

Seven Seas 
Danny Kaanna 
Hawk Shaw 
Mel Peterson 
Lillian Gibson 
Al Uclntyre 
E Bush Quartette 
Stapsy Muxle's 
Maxle Rosenbloora 
Joe Plotakl 
Andy Sorrelll 
Cully Richards 
Al Norman 
Moore ft Lewis 
Rita Carrol 
Tommy Rellly Ore 
Somerset Bouse 
Jaok Owena 
Johnny Lang 
Kay Gregory 
Harry Rlngland 
Tommy Blake Ore 

Swannoe Inn 
Cliff Richie Jr. 
Juanelda' Carter 
Eddie Beal 

Topsy's 
Tonl La Rue 
Gilbert ft Howe 
Jennings ft Murray 
Billy McDonald Ore 

TTocadero 
Emil Coleman Oro 
Tito Swlngtette 
Ed South Ore 

Victor Hoge 
Carmine 

Sklnnay Bnnia Oro 



CHICAGO 



Ambassadw Hotel 

(Pomp Boom) 
H HcCreety Ore. 
Betty Bryant 
Son ft Audrey LeM 

(The Battery) 
Cleo Brown 
LeMaIre Rhumba O 

Bismarck Aotel 
(Walnot Boom) 

Virginia Qlbson 

Gloria Lee 

Hadley Gls 

Bob Belmont 

Pauline Swaun 

Belty Grey 

Herby Walsb 

Red Fields 

Patricia Long 

Phil Lsvant Ore 

Blackhawk 

Jack Teagarden Or 
Don Pedro Oro 
Linda Keene 
Bill Lockman 
Maxine ft Clayton 
Eddie Barron 

Blacksloae Hotel 
(Uaunese Km) 

Jean Loach 

Crusader Oro 
Else Ooese 

Evelyn Waters 

Al I^ne 

Melody King 

Buck Hunt 

4 Hits ft a. Miss 
Bon Air 

Tony Martin 

Freddy Martin Ore 

Walter Dare Wahl 

Lee Sullivan 

Georges ft Jalna 

Eunice Healy 

Rose Girls 
Brevoort Hotel 
(Crystal Boom) 

Plorenoe Schubert 

Charles Baldwin 

Grace Katrol 

Norma Ballard 
Broadmont 

Herb Rudolph Ore 

Tony Gray 

Sandy Crelghton 

Marten ft Dain 

Cowans 

Betty Storey 

Ruth Phillips 

Ralph Hovey 
Cbez Bockley 

Dick Buckley 

Marltta Ryan 

Olga Anton 

Sam Barl 

Ralph LIndgren Or 
Ches Pane 

Lupe Velez 
Harriett Hector 
Betty Hutton 
Vincent Lopez Ore 
Rpmo Vincent 



Sterner Sis 

Don Orlaado Ore 

■vans Adorablse 

Clnb Abibam 

Ann Suter 
Sadie Moore 
Jack Irving 
Paulette LaPlerre 
Allen Cole 
■IBs Burton 
Berale Adler 
Dorothy Dale 
■ddls Roth Ore 

Colony Clnb 
John Hoysradt 
Jose Manianares Or 

Lew FIdler Ore 

.. CoteelBos 

Willie Shore 
Armlda 

Bogaeh ft Bardlne 
Lee Maaon 
Frank Quatrell Ore 
Prenaph Gla 

Club Dellsa 
Sam Robinson 
Mary Dixon 
Howard ft Carltn 
Patsy Styles 
Glenn Thomas 
Billy Bckstein 
Chippie Hill 
Rhythm Willie 
Charles Isom 
Partsllo Gls 
Red Saunders Oro 

Congress Hotel 
(Glaas Hot Bm) 
Johnny Banga Ore 

(Peacock Bm) 
Joe Vera 

(Poupellan Km) 
Irvmg Margraft 

Del-Sbore 
Geo Hamilton Ore 
Dolores Marcus 
Don Julian ■ 
Margery 
Del-Shore Gls 

Drake Hotel 
(Gold Coast Room) 
PWl Spltnlny Oro 
Rochelle & Lolo 
Maxine 

Ginger Harmon 

, Dntch's 
Ralph Cook 
Dolly Dollne 
Dot Henry 
Louise Shannon 
Knowlan Ore 
Edgewntcr Beach 
Hotel 
(Marine Room) 
Lawrence Wolk Or 
Idtbrop Broa 
Virginia Lee 
Westernalres 
Betty Benson 
Klrby Brooks 
Marine 4 



Harriet' Smith Gls 
Herb Foote 

88S Clob 
Keith Beecher Oro 
Paul Roslnl 
Belva White 

Ekaaoas Doer 
Esther Whlttlngton 
Bryan Wolf 
Terry O'Toole 
Al Robinson Ore 

Eiranke's Casino 
Dave Malcolm 
Marlon Furd 
Easter ft Hazelton 
Blllle Rogers 
Buddy Klrbls 
Reoke Bllsworth 
Bob TInsley 'Ore ' 

Golden Spot 
Sid Schapps 
Charlena Baker 
Hal Barber 
Irene Fortes 
Lea Andrea 
Chestsr LeRoy Ore 

Grand Terrace 
Tondelaya ft Lopes 
Rhythm Pals 
Ted Smith 
Gladys Madden. 
Dot Adams 
Buck ft Bubbles ' 
Geo D Washington 
Jean Starr 
Barl Hlnes Ore 
Dusty Fletcher 
Leonard Reed Gls 
Graemere Hotel 
(Glass Honse Bm) 
Toasty Pall Ore 
Carl Bock 
Nonnle Morrison 
Woody La Rush 
Lorralno Vosa 

Hickory Ian 
Kay Dare - 
Joan ft Bddle 
Tom Garvey 
Gondollera Oro 
HI Hat 
Sid Tomncb 
Bala Bro 
Marlon ft Denis 
Jeun Sargent 
Krettow Gla 
Sid Lang Oro 
Ivaabee 
Dblores Donar 
Eddie Rice 
Kay Becker 
Vera Garrett 
Don Chlesta Ore 

L'Alglea 
Mary W Ellpatriob 
Buseblo Condaldl 
Spyrps Stamos 
Don Quixote Ore 
■nnio Bolognlnl Or 

Hotel Im SaUe 
(Bine Ftoat Boom) 
Buddy Fisher Ore 
Dorothy Convers 
Uberty Ian 
Pinky Tncy 
Tonl Jene 
Margie Marshall 
Dorlce Waters 
Billy Hill 
Rita Manning 
Jlmmle O'Nell 
Barl Wiley Ore 

UmeboDse 

Bob Tank Ore 



Ann Millstone 
Flo Whitman 
Ga:e Lawrence 
Betty Harris 
Delia Bartell 
Jack Roland Ore 
Nyra Lou 
Muriel Joseph 
Blsale Bobbins 
Patsy Do Brae 
Sharooe 

Hoirlsea Hotel 
(Boston Oyster 
Hoaae) 
Manfred Gotthslf 
Nappe OardsBs 
Dolores Dawn 
The Selbys 
Mllllcent DeWltt 
Boots Brae 
June St Olaire 
Stan RItoft Ore 

Old Heldelberc 
Old Heidelberg Cs 
Octet 

Robert Kessler 
Franz & Fritz 
Swiss HIM Billies 
Raoul Kantrow 
Herble Oro 

Palmer Boose 
(Empire' Boom) 
Glen Gray Ore 
Milton Douglas 
Gil Lamb 
Staples ft Cerny 
Keniioy ft Burke 
Abbott Dancers 
Phil Dooley Ore 



Bbennan Be(«| 
_ (Celtic Caf.) • 
Gene Kerwin Ore 
Jaros Sis ^ 

(Doate) 
James Hamlltea 
Emplrs Boys 
Hon Nliss 
Jack ft JlliWanisr 
Jerry Glldden ■ " 

(Panther. Room) 
Count Basle Ore 
nnlon Uu!ni>a 
Jnmes Rushing 
Muggsy Sponler Or 
• Jitterbugs 
Carl Marx . 

Sliver Cload - 
Helen DuWaype 
Eleanor Daniels 
Jay Gilbert 
Louise Linda ■ 
Marco ft Virginia 
Frances Kay 
Hazel Zaius 
Nord RIohardsoD '. 
Johnny UoFail Ois - 

SUver ProUes' 
Harry Harris 
Blaine Rabey 
Tony ft Gene 
Fay Wallace 
Art Frssman 

Clnb 

Billy Carr 

Sunny Carter 

Connie Faaesaw 

Dolores Green 

Jane Dare 

Don ft Betty Lynne 

Dagmar 

Carol 

Boots Burna 
Boo LaVoh 
Marg Faber Ols 
Joel ft Annette 
Inez Scott 
Jessie Rosella . 
Dolly Sterling 
Patricia Perry 
Carmen 
Sol Lake Ore . 
Tripoli 3 

Scj Boebet. 
tiarjorle Whltsey 
Diotatora 
Mathews ft Shaw 

4 Kings 

Bleveas Hotel 
(Conttaentol Boom) 

Bob Hannon ' Oro 
Danny Drayson . 
Jaok Gwynne .Co 

Stratespbera Clsb 

Princes Red Rock 
Frank Barbor 

Snbwajr 
Ginger DIx 
Gladys George 
Oypey Zona 
Mary Lou 
Frances Thomas 
Billy Kent 
Henry Sax Ore 

TbompsMi's M Clsb 
Ray Reynolds 
Ruth ft Buddy 
Evelyn Lee 
Lollta Roohe 
Alice Hansen 
Patsy Thomas 
Marsh MeCurdy 
Sammy Frisco Ors 

Tbree Deaeee 
Baby Dodds . 
Charles HcBride 
Julia Lee 
Lonnle Johnson 

((Mf Beat Beem) 
Anita O'Day 
Lennle Bsterdall 
Jimmy HcPartland 
Tswer Inn 

Sam Haas 
Inez Gonan 
Mary Grant 
Brucette Gls 
Wayne Bros • 

5 Hawallans ' 
Frank Davis Ors 

Town Clnb 

May de Fill 
Milton WoU 
Don Carlnl 
NeomI 

Georglna Ray 
Byron ft Willis 
Bob White 
Roma Noble 
Joe Nlttl Oro 

vnia Medeme 
Carlos Mollnas Ore 
Lucia Garcia 
Winona Gardens 

Lee Harmon 
Pat Allen 
Virginia Gilbert 
Lucille Johnson 
Francea West 
Nlta La Tour' 
Hazel Gregg 
Frank Snyder Ore 



Anchorage 

Helen Doyle 
Lou Foster 
Janet Conway 
Pierre ft Ifene 
Patricia Lord 

BeUeTne-Strattord 
(Main Dining B'm) 
Meyer. Davis Oro 

(Bnrgandy Room) 
Frank Juele Ore 

A Murray Saiicers 

Benny tite Bimi's 
Larry Vincent 
Letty Kemble 
Emily Pee 
Harry Kahn Oro 
Kmar 

CadlUao Tavern 

Jack Newlon 
H Raynolde Ors 
Cafe Horoney 

Searey Gavin ' 
A I Cubler 
Hal Pfaff Ore 
Virginia Brown 
Patricia Law 
Tessle Nelson 
Isabelle Daniels 
Virginia Gane 

Club Morocco 
Joe Armstrong 
Keller Sis 
Peggy Snields 
Mike Jnffree 
Jewell Ello 
Charlie Galne Ore 

Dude BaiKh 
Betty Herd 
Buckarooa Oro 
DntUn's Bathskdlcr 
Frank Pontl 
Richard ft Monette 
Marlon Peters 
Dlno ft Lee 



Badle Lang 
Irving Braslow Ore 
El Chic* .. 

Kay Laverly . . 
Margarete Marshall 
Marlon Robinson 
Jean Sheer 
Ivan Tashman Ore 

Embassy 
Al Moore- Oro 
Pedre Blaneo Ore 
George Clifford 
Vlokle Lauren 
Muriel .Daniels 
Dolores O'Nell 
Johnny Parrlsh 

Evergreen Caslne 
Tommy Monroe 
Carlton ft Juliette 
Nancy Leslie 
Paul Robinson 
Irene Hart 
Al Bthrldge Ore 
1823 Clnb . 
Swing King Oro 
Beth Chains 
Dolores Merrill 
3 Bombshells 
Beverly Fisher 
Lorene Rhoop 
Bthellnd Terry 

Forty-One Club 
Bobby Dell 
Frank Moore • 
Jerri Vance 
&Iarrelle MIchaud 
Jack Rich 
Billy Brill 
Harry Bohn- Ore 
Frankle' Palnmbo's 
Ben Perry 
Serge Flash 
Dorothy Laody 
Suez ft Meln 
Yvonettes (() ^ 
Bobby Morrow Ore 

Harris Tavern 
Alabama Corlnns 



Wednesdajt June 7, 1939 



VARIETY 



89 



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gtitr Tbomaa 
'HlMebraod'i 

Ctatrll* Nf' 
eaady Morherson 

£i Rue Sla 
aioger Dunn 
BlllTe RIcbmond 
pel I* „ 
Jllworth * Yvonne 
Vytery Dancer 
B«bbr Lee Ore 

Hotel .AdelpHto. 

(UawoUaa Hoof) 

BunI ft Slafflfft 
Iddle Valencia Ore 

Jaek lunch's 
Charlto Smith 
TInoent Rluo On 
BameT Zeemia 
BoU Russell ' 
Klorence & Arvure* 
Jerry Wlthee 
O Andre -Martin 
Olamour Ois (1Z> 
Helene Heath 
Uaclovla Ruli 
Jlinmy Blake 
Joe Fraeetto Oro - 

Udo Venice 
Jack Griffin . 
Caalmera Gls 
Tlrzab 

Gloria SlleskI 
Barbara Jordan 
Ttaereu 
Jimmy Parker 
Frank Dumont 
' Bill Flumly 
Jerry Jay Oro 
Carmen. 

Utile Rathekcllor 

Bob Carney 
Uelba 

Cars'ry TwInJ 
Joan Pavta 
4 Ink Spots 
Vlotor Hugo Ore 

!!■■<)• Inn; 
Leonard Cook 
liln Bataette 
Jack Moosemen 
Dorothy For<l 
Morton ft White 
Norma Faye 
Four- Blossoms 
Billy Gatea Ore 
Fniple Derby 
Buck Calhoun 
Andy Russell 
Ray Allen Ore 
If ft B Mealey 
Anna White. 
Jean O'Neill 
Betty Weeks 
, Balnboir Terrace 
(StralToid, Ps.) 
. Leo Zollo Orb 
Ulldred Rogers 
Ralph Dastwood 

RendisaTeu 

Rita White 
Paul Rich 
Jerry Tapps . 
Bob Harcrave's Ore 

Bbonbeat 
Edith King 



Day Breali Melton 
Qladdls 

Harlem Dictators O 
Btataip's Cafe 

3ert Lemleh Ore 
Jack Hutchinson 
Johnny Welsh 
Bubbles Stewart 
Duval Sis 
Park ft Lane 
Larry Wyle 
Grace O'Harr. 

surer Lake Ina 
<CleaienloD> 
MIokey FamllaM Oi 

Alice Luoey 
Plorodora Sextet 
Jane Patterson 
Rush Bros. 
Lillian KUHSO 
Barbara Joan 
Marie Holz 
Georee ' Reed 
LIvlns Statues (4) 

Sub Bar Gardens 

Peggy Frame 
Nlcke Golluccl 
Dfck Taylor Ore 

1300 C»te 
Bob Frame 
Nan Roberts 
Texas Plant 

Tmntleth Century 

Flash Lane 
.Stylists 

Tommy Cullen Oro 
... Venice flrUIe 
Claire Ev4n« 
Fay Bay 
Joey Hayes Oro 
foggy Phillips 

Vlhins Cafe 
Jerry Delmar Ore 
Billy Callahan 
Joe Kearns 
Peler Welle 
Remains ft C'thome 
Rosalie 
Helen Brooks 

WagOB Wheel 

Al Wilson 
George Peber 
Bob Adams . 
Johnny Trebon 
Al Bastlan Oro 

Weber's Rof Brao 

(Camdea) 
Use Hart 

Rudy Bruder 
Jules Flaocb Ore 
Helen Worthlngton 
Ralph CorabI 
Val Mar Trio 
Joe Bonell 
Doris Bay 
Claufle ft Corlnne 
Sara Lee 
Oreano ft Dog 
nill.Evana 
Sid Golden 
Slgno'r Karmino '. 
J ft T Shellenh'mer 
Bldoradlans 

Tacht Clnb 
Jimmy Bailey 
Kltiy Helmllug Ore 



ULWAUXEE 



AtUetle Clab 
Hal UnnYo Oro 
Cbet A Uarcia 

Beit Phillip's 
Pep Babler Ore 
Bthel Beldel 
Gabby Rogers' ' 
Blats Palm Qardea 
Gabby Rogera Ore 
Al Buettner Oro 

■Cardinal Clnb 
lay Burt Oro 

Cbateaa Clnb 
■tan Jacobsen Oro 
Johnny Peat 
« Brucettes 
B ft M Gates 
Joy Kalese 
Jule Andrea 
Dorothy Dale 

CIoTer Clnb 
Barry Weber Ore 
Marge Toung 
■leaner Gall . 
Jean Hurley 
Flo Radke 
Son Kranlch 
Margo 
Cole Twins 

Clab Forest 
Virginia Orey 
Berdlne Dickson 
Helen Kaye 
Vera Welsh 

anb Madrid 
Jimmy Rotas Ore 
Jack Spangler 
Selby t 
Janette Reld 
Millie Grosse 
Clnb HllwanheaB 
Otto RIchter Ore 
Clab Sahara 
Gordle Bennett Ore 

Clab Terrls 
Gordon Qensctaoro 
Bona Henderson ' 
Bthel Warren 
Phil Kestin 
Kathleen Kaye 
Dale A Dale 

Ceago Clnb 
Christine liayberry 
Irma Wagner 
ivonne Broadway 
Cristana Buckner 
, Morton Brown 
Leonard Gay Ore 

Corales Ship 
Joe Vosa .Ore 
Bobble Stuart 
Ralph Lewis 
Bailey A Lamarr 
Bert Gilbert 
Fadya KublkofC 

Derlaes Eagles 
Billy Baer Oro 
Bob Garrlty Oro 
Uabel Drake 
5*d Roberts Ore 
Gloria Gale 

Mamie's Grotto 
Ope Brtaley Ore 
VIrg Hoffman 

Betel Schroeder 

(Empire Boom) 
Horble Holmes Orr 
Nancy Huioon 

Kari Ratseh's 
Ifpple Boch Oro 
Helene Sturn . 
Walter Merhoff 

Lamea'a 
Bay UeadowB Ore 

taut Round Dp 
Jimmy Rays Oro 
Ken Keck 

Uady's 

Sddle Austin 



Dorothy Le Uaye 
Marty Hoff 
Victor 

Lo«. CablB 
Carl Bergman Ore 
Hlaml Clab 

RIcanor Leonard 
Jayna & Dayo' 
Polly Walters 
Colletle Garnet 
Joan Nlesen 
Kay Lawrence 
Peggy Geary 
Gene Bmerald 
Johnny Davis Ore 

HodernlsUe 
Steve Swedls Oro 
C Carlwr>ght Oro 
Correy Lynn Oro 

Oasis 

Leo Shaw Oro 
Snooks Hartman 

Old Heldelbert 

Eddie ZIpp Oro 
Donna LuPau 
Babe ColUna 
Suzanne 
Claudia Ferris 
Joan Renard 
Dlanne Lane 
Rln De Vere 
Peggy Hall 

Paria 
Joe Gumln Oro 
Kenny Kny 
Little nay 
Bill Davidson 

Plantation Clnb 
Bert Bailey Ore 
Mary Webb 
Plantation • 
Brown A Lyons 
Hunky Brown 
Buddy Tenler 
3 Jokers . . 

Bcadexvoas 
Bob Mattaeann Ore 
Grace Brown 
Rendezvous It 
JjA Nore Sis 
Marge O'Brien 
Helen Shower 
Evelyn Parr 
Jerry Lynn 
Billy Lament 

Bene 

Biff Blske Oro. 
Vivian Hotter 
Babe Laway 
Pat Uarvin 
Rose Vine 
Jean Hamilton 
Komona Brownvlll 

Scaler's 
Tony Bauer Ore 
Marie Kecky 
Jeeale A Viola 
Dorothy Hamilton 
BIng Burdick 
Roma Costello 
Sohwarta 
Tom Temple Ore 
Sklpjier Leone Ore 
Ray Wick 
Irene Griggs 
Claude Farroenter 

Six Point Clab 
Casper Reda Ore 

State Gardens 

Earl Rigg Oro 
Irene Schranh 
Anita Allen 
Rose Marie 
June Herman 
Eddie Kube 
Flo Bell 
Detty Lsne 
Jedn J.irauts 

Ntrand Annex 
Matthew Cryan 



Simeon Phlllpolt 
Bert Snyder 

Bonset Clab 
Bddle Apple 

Tie Tep Tap 
Joey PeldstelB Ore 
Ken Leslie 
St Clair ft Durand 
Deluhrel 
Bdlth Griffith 
Zlta A Anis. 
Billy Gray 
Jerry Bergen 
Tewa aad'Ceaatrr 
Clnb 

TInney Llveiig'd Ore 
Larry Powell 
Cameo GIs 
J9hnny Little 
Irene Rurke 
Helen Snvage ~ 
Dorothy Starr 
Laureen Nevelle 
Duke Hallne 
Toy's 
Case Landls Ore 



Uth m Meith Olab 
Kay Crandell Oro 

Trocadere 

Ulroa Btliart Ore 
Jane Rubey 
ShutU A Kent 
Dolly O'Daa 
Woodard 81s 

WWh's Fntarlstle 
BUI Schweitzer Ore 
Jack Pexer 
Vallle Jay Ore 
Maureen Rosay 
Regan A Mann 

Wisconsin Beet 

Fronk Cooper Oro 
M Merrymaker Ore 
NIe Harper Ore 
Tom Sheridan 
Cappy Lewla 
Arnold Dupre 
Maxine Baguette 

Znnlier Gardeas 
Lyle Stann Oro 



Olga Petrol! 
Watklna Clrcns 

New Pena 
Kler Morrison Ore 

NIzoD Cafe 
Al Marslco Ore 
Bob Carter 
Ramoat ft Nanette 
6 Whirlwinds - 
Angelo SI Palma 

lint Honse 
Boogy-Woogy 
Nick Sett 
Harry .Noaokod 
Reggie Dvorak 
Al Mercur 
Jim Buchanan 

Pines 
J Livingstone Oro 
Nolan Canova 
Frances Crawley 

Plaaa Cafe 
Jimmy Peytoa Ore 
Adele Curtis 
i Queens 



CLEVELAND 



Alplae VUUge 

Otto Tburn Ore 
McNallle Sisters 
Vox Valentine 
Margaret Aemmer 
Herman PIrchner 

AvaleB 
Hy Barron Ore 
Verna Burke 
Bessie Brown 
Thelma Stone 

Airway Clab 
Troy Singer Oro 
Judy Black 

Cedar Oardeaa 
Duke Uelvin Ore 
Triza 

Rleh'd Montgomery 
Mary Dixon 
Howard- A Carlta 
Helen Wiles 

Chatean 
Pete Geracl Ore 
Leon LeVerdle 
Art West 
Elaine Castle 
Four Brucettes 
College Inn 
Norman Brill Oro 
Robbie Collins 
Jack Raynor 
IVeddle's Cafe 

Tony Bmma Oro 
Carmen 
Avon Sleters 
Doralne A S)IUb 
Bddle Barnes 

GeldeB Glow 
Paul Simbnetti Ore 
Mary Lou 
Gladys Delmar 
Camilla 

Oonrmet Clab 
B Robinson Oro 
Harold Copeland 
Walter Aahby 

Batten's Clnb 
Lenny Colyer 
Bob Armatrong 
Marsha Stone 
Ruth Parker 



Hotel Cleveland 

Gene Brnin Ore 
Walt Bergen Ore 
Hotel Fenway Hall 
Wlllard Potts Oro 
Bettle Allen 

Hotel Sterling 
Marty Lake Oro 
Babe Sliominn 
Jamea A Peltz 
Chl-Ohl 

Hotel HollendeB 
Bob Millar's Oro 
Judy Janla 
Four Bachelora 
Loyanpe A Renard 
Romany Three 

Hotel Statler 
C Hoagland Ore 
Jeanne Stewart 
Dor!s Baton 
Curtis Andrews 

Jaek A Eddie's 
Chick Williams 
Arlene Rice Oro 
Vlo Corpora 
Lindsay's Sky-CIah 
Poison Gardner 
Rita White 
Pearl De Luca 

Heoaeo's Cafe 
Roas Pierce Oro 
Marilyn Mnynard 

Mennds Clnb 
Orvelle Rand Ore 

Ohio Villa 
Freddie Carlone Or 
MIokey Katz 
Three Wilds 
Paul A Petite 
Barbara Long 
Pol-Mar line 
Beat hem Taveia 
Ted King Oro 
Kirk Wood 

Obangt Oinb 
Tommy Barnea Ore 
Hertel Collins 
Bthel Avery 
Roaa Morgan 
Sonny Carr 



SEIBOIT 



Aaabassader 

Bill Tracey 
Rene 

Danny Beck 
Crandvl Sis 
Mel-Lowe Ore 

Booh-CadlUae Hotel 

(Book CaaIno> 
Lowry Clark Oro 
(Motor Bar) 
Vie Abbs Oro 

Chene-Ttsmbley 
Jimmy Gargane Or 
Almes A Vivien 
March A Play 
Dixie Dean 
BHly Meagher 

Commedere Clab 
Coley A Adair 
Kurtis Marionettes 
Artist Models 
Barker Thomas O 

Clnb Frontenae 
Frank Olllen Oro 
Vl-Mar Duo 
Lynn Sherrlll 
Gloria Miller ' 
Elaine Manzl 
Jay Jason 
Sweethearts (I) 
CUff BeU'a 

Kaye Andre 
Harker Thomas Ore 

Eastwood Gardens 
Bunny Berlgan Or 

Imperial Clnb 
Boyd Senter 
Nub Brown Ore 

Jeffemon Beach 
Jimmy Joy Oro 
Gal Moran 
La Temple A Co 



Northwood Inn 

Roberta Jonay 
Eddie ColUna 
Rutbania A Mal'm 
Val Setz 
Ben Young Oro 

Oasis 

Charles Lazin Ore 
Ken Conroy 
Fredez A Laurenza 
Rowenna Gray 
Jack Wllllama 

Palm Beach 
Amoa Jacobs 
Elena Romay 
Curley Clark 
Pearl Magley I 
Don Pablo Oro 
•Powatan 
Walter Donahue 
Mildred Fenton 
Carole A Sharoi] 
Sammy Olbert Ore 

Saks 
Dancing Remos 
Johnny Hole 
Shirley Handler 
Dorothy Mayo 
Bddle Parley Oro 

Statler Hotel 
(Terrace Boom) 
Chuck Shanks Ore 
George Register 
Al Shanks 
Fred Nolo 

To-Jo Farms 
Four Old Timers 
Carroll ft Gorman 
Hal Boorn Oro 
Walled Lake Casino 
Johnny Hamp Oro 
Weelwood Gardens 
Shop Fields Oro 
Annabelle Graham 



FITTSBUB6H 



Anchorage 
Hughle Morion Ore 
Maynard Deans 

Arlington Lodge 

Art Norkus Ore 
Baleenades 

Clyde Knight Ore 
Janet Lee 

BUI Green's 

Jack McLean Ore 
Johnny Duffy 
Tommy Cunn'gham 

Crest 
Johnny Roberts Ore 
Everett. Haydn 
Carnevale Puppets 

Clnb Carlisle 
Red MltcheM Oro 

Clnb PeUle 
Piccolo Pete Oro 
Marlon Mason 
Vera Barnett 
Dave Jeffreys 
Allen A Davis 
Lovle Amen 

Cork and Bottle 
Jaek Davis 

Eddie Peyton's 
Mike Peyton 
Phil Cavezza Ore 
Joyce Palmer 
Marlon Muller 
EI Congo. 
King Bass Oro 
Tondelayo A Lopez 
Grant Page 
Nick Brooks . 
Ruth Baker 



Hazel Calloway 
Blllle McAllister 

Evergreen Gardens 

Curley Stewart Oro 
Rollb Plaza 
Kitty Carr 
Marie Harmon ■ 

Hotel Henry 
H Contreraa Oro 

Conch Ita 

Hotel JacklowB 

Freddy Castle Ore 
Hotel Hooeevell 
Bon Aire 3 

. Hotel Sclienley 
Howard Baum Ore 
Buzz Aston . 
Jack Rogers 

Hotel tVIIIIsm Penn 
(Cbatlerbox) 

Joe Relchman Ore 
(Continental ilar) 

Billy Catlzone 
Harry Martin 
Johnny Fritz 
Al DILernla 

Italian Gardens 
Btal Covato Ore 
Bernle Perella 
Michael Strange 
Johnny Morris 
Dick Smith 
Betty Nylander 
Larry A Davis 
Nora Lewis 

Rennywood 

Tommy (^rlyn Ore 



De^ey Moon 
Jack Morgan 
ChlcQnlta 

Blvler* 
Baron Elliott Ore 
Beverly Bennett 

Show Boat 
H Middleman Oro 
Billy Keaton 
Rose Kenny 
Betty Benson 
Co-Bds (6> 

DnloB OrlU 
AH Yagello 
Frank Natale 

Webster Hall 
Nelson Maples Oro 
Buzzy Kountz 
George Weber 

West View 
Emerson Gill Ore 
Del Florescue 
Willows 
Cecil Golly oro 
Nanoy Gay 



New Acts 



BILLT BATES 
JogKUng 
8 Mlns. 
Strand, N. T. 

Working his bands and his vocal 
chords at the same time, Billy Rayes 
has a routine of juggling and chatter 
that delivers him effectively as a 
novelty single, suitable tor theatres 
or niteries. 

Hats and little spheres are 
Rayes' juggling implements. Chat- 
ter., concomitant to tine jugglery, 
is varied but inclines to various 



personalities, with the juggling be- 
ing done as Garbo, Kate Smith, 
Sally Rand and others would do it 
A brief tap dance while at worlc 
with the balls is a clever portion of 
the routine, 

Rayes does a little dramatic scene 
from 'Algiers' in which he indicates 
he played. It must have been a very 
small bit, official cast of the picture 
not revealing his name. Should be 
dropped anyway.' Char, 



WINFIELD and FOBD 
Dancers 
5 Mlns.; One 
Boxy, N. T. 

Since the split of Tip, Tap and 
Toe, familiar colored male terp trio, 
last year, Raymond Winfield did- a 
single at the Broadway Paramount 
this past winter. Now he's back 
with a partner, who's also of the 
original ttireesome. Winfield, tall, 
rangy stepper, was the Haile Selas- 
sie of the original TTT trio. Here, 
in a riverboat background, of ante- 
bellum period, they're in charac- 
teristic minstrel gaiety as to getup. 

The huge circular platform has 
been resurrected for the twosome's 
act which quickly devolves into a 
challenge routine, embracing all 
manners and modes of stepology. 
In that field thev're effective, and 
Winfleld's own style of shuffling — 
akin to his Selassie routine— is re- 
vived here, with like good results. 

It's among the better colored dance 
acts on the boards. .Abel, 



nUS WATNE 
Danoing 
4 Mlns. 

Stanley, Plttsbnrgh 

Acrobatic danders are making It 
tougher and tougher on themselves 
these days; Iris Wayne seems de- 
termined to give 'em all something 
to shoot at Gal has a collection of 
tricks that are pretty close to un- 
believable, including what looks like 
socket-less, complete leg spins; rub- 
ber arms and back and a positive 
disbelief in the laws of physical 
gravity. 

As far as the content goes. Miss 
Wayne is around the top of the class 
in control trickery. She still needs 
a showier presentation, -however. 
Turn needs a bit more casual polish, 
since femme looks a bit unsteady in 
the early sections and doesn't have 
the sleek shine necessary to make 
stuff like this look casual and un- 
concerned. 

When she achieves that Miss 
Wayne should go places, either in 
presentations or niteries. Cohen. 

GEOBGE LLOTD 

MImlo 

8 Mlns. 

Le Ruban Bleo, N. T. 

George Lloyd is one of those 
aesthetic individuals with a keen 
sense, of comedy values, excellent for 
an ihtime spot such as this. He has 
done bits in Broadway legit shows 
like 'One for the Money' and 'Fabu- 
lous Invalid.' Here he does a very 
broad jitterbug number and a seance- 
trance routine, both very effective. 

A thoroughly uninhibited young 
man, Lloyd lets himself go in his 
lampoonery and registers very 
neatly. It's not what he does so 
much as how he does it that rings 
the bell. On personality and show- 
manship values he augurs much 
promise for the future, particularly 
as a cafe performer and general 
mime. Abel. 



House Reviews 



STANLEY, PITT 

(Continued from page 37) 



Store Cowboys,' type of song no 
vaude was complete without 20 years 
ago. Perlcihs manages by skin of his 
teeth to get away with it, however. 

Iris Wayne (New Acts) next last- 
minute substitution for Betty Bruce, 
and gal has a collection of acrobatic, 
control tricks that's unbelievable. 
She's still a bit imsteady and needs 
some polish for the act but stuff is 
there in abundance and needs only 
the proper shine. Gal isn't bad on 
looks and s. a. , either. 

Wheeler has the next 19 minutes, 
topping them with a whispered 'in- 
side on the act' to the audience while 
munching an apple and a sandwich 
for a howling finish. Shanghai Wing 
troupe of four men and like number 
of femmes bring on the curtain. 
Standard Oriental flash act is com- 
posed of crack assortment of stunts, 
including tumbling, top-spinning and 
lot of back-bending physical trickery, 
and a natural for either an opener 
or closer. 

Rain retarded getaway biz con- 
siderably at first show. Cohen. 



LYRIC, INDPLS. 



Long Time Funny 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Edgar Kennedy started another 
series of six comic shorts tor the 
1939-40 program at RKO, with 
Charles Roberts directing. 

In the cast are Vivian Oakland, 
Billie Franey and Bud Weiser. 



Indiafuipolis, June 3. 
Rufe Datris, Htidson Wondert, Joe 
& Pete Michon, Prince & Princess 
Selandta, York & Troci;, Ann Bran- 
don; 'Boy Friend' (20th). 

Changing from a name band pol- 
icy, this vaudfllmer is offering okay, 
straight vaude that runs heavily to 
comedy. House band is on staige end 
opens proceedings with a fast num- 
ber that's highlighted by an organ 
solo. 

Ann Brandon Is next with a series 
of dancing puppets, an entertaining 
act She does four different puppet 
characterizations; the first, an im- 
pression of a dancing jitterbug; the 
next, 'a lovely lady in an old-fash- 
ioned waltz,' then comes Lew Lehr 
in a hula skirt doing a Hawaiian 
number,' and the finisher is the 
Three Little Pigs' on roller dcates. 

York and Tracy follow with their 
slapstick comedy. They use a num- 
ber of props, including' a seltzer 
bottle, fiash-pots and tnck musical 
instrtunents, and do plenty of mug- 
ging, slap each other aroimd and 
stick to old-fashioned comedy gen- 
erally. They get their share of 
laughs, but (fon't have a sock finish. 

nlnce and Princess Selandia are 
next with an act that starts out as 
a routine dance team but turns out 
to be a neat surprise. After a straight 
dance, they present a series of com- 
edy dance impressions of Garbo and 
Stokowski, Mae West and Iforold 
Lloyd, Sally Rand and Chamberlain 
and Marlene Dietrich with Hitler. 
The last-named item serves as a good 
climax and wins extra bows. . 

Joe and Pete Michon do their cus- 
tomary springboard stimts and com- 
edy. They open with a few comedy 
magic tricks and then get into their 
crazy falls and dives from the 
springboard. Register solidly. The 
Hudson Wonders more than hold 
their own with their swift five min- 
utes of aero dancing. Rufe Davis 
closes, which is wise Decause no one 
else could, follow him easily In this 
house. He does his 'sound effects,' 
including imitations of motor boats, 
chuggihg automobiles, barnyard ani- 
mals, and such. He had played here 
several times before l>ecoming some- 
thing of a film 'name' and always 
went over well. This is his first date 
in the house since doing picture 
work and he has added several new 
bits that make him stronger than 
ever. 

Show's running time Friday (2) 
at fourth performance was 58 min- 
utes and house was about half-filled. 

KUey. 



PALACE, CHICAGO 



Chicago, June 4, 
Six Honeys, Jack & Georae D'Ot- 
monde, .Mayer & Evans, Rio Bros, 
(.Z), Harrison tc Fisher; 'Mikado' (U). 

Good lineup again this week for 
solid entertainment 

The Honey Family has rearranged 
its wardrobe and its style of work, 
and the result is satisfying. Three 
boys and three girls make a fine 
appearance in evening clothes and 
sneak into their acrobatics some 
clever dancing. By withholding 
from the audience the fact they are 
really acrobats, the sextet surprises 
the customers pleasantly when they 
do come through finally with their 
tumbling and hand-to-hand work. 
What's remarkable about this act is 
that the femmes instead of the men, 
are the under-standers. 

Back in town after a long ab- 
sence Is the unicyde team of Jack 
and George D'Ormonde. Have a 
short routine . but extremely effec- 
tive. Eccentric cycle work Is excel- 
lent with the comedy also aiding 
considerably. 

More comedy from Ray Mayer and 
Edith Evans (Mrs. Mayer), who go 
back many years in the biz. They 
haven't changed much and strangely 



make good without any real mate« 
rial. Some mugging from the piano 
player and some corny gags but this 
audience liked It ~hio Bros, are a 
standard comedy trio with a solid 
arrangement of comedy bits. Have 
developed their burlesque drama bit 
into effective vcomedy while the 
dummy horse routine is beginning 
to wear a little thin. 

Harrison and Fisher close the bill 
with their standard ballroom dances. 
Do best with the opening waltz but 
when they attempt a modern swing- 
eroo it doesn't go off well. 

Biz good last show Friday (2). 

ColA 



EMBASSY, N. Y. 

(NEWSBEELS) 

A total of 48 clips, with each of the 
five newsreel-makers well repre- 
sented, plus the latest March of Time 
release, this week make up an hour's 
entertainment of good value. Only 
one Lew Lehr piece currently, in 
which the 20th-Fox comedian- 
dialectician draws laughs from ■ 
bunch , of boys in a Tom Sawyer 
fence-painting contest 

Show leads off with the India- 
napolis SOO-mlle auto race classic In 
which violent spills figured, including 
one in which Roberts, last year's 
winner, was killed. Both were shot 
with fidelity by Pathe and Metro 
while M-G's shots of a crackup are 
particularly good. The apparently 
tragic air jaunt of Tom Smith and 
survivors of the Squalus are also up 
front, together with the King and 
Queen of England, caught in Calgary 
by Fox. The same reel also dwells on 
Queen Mary, with the princesses^ 
and on her recently-wrecked auto- 
mobile. Just to prove to anyone that 
he wasn't around film salesmen all 
the time he was abroad, Adolph 
Zukor Is pictured with the mother 
Queen. He looked no less in at ease 
than he Is with high-class golfers. 

Dedication of the Palestine pavilion 
at the World's Fair was covered by 
Paramount but when Rabbi Stephen 
S. Wise and Albert Einstein spoke at 
the ceremonies, their voices were 
recorded but the cameras were look- 
ing elsewhere. Par also covered the 
opening of the Czech pavilion, where 
Mayor t«Guardla did a bit of wild 
gesticulating for a mild laugh. 
"A Moscow May Day parade, very 
Impressive, was turned in by Pathe, 
which also took its cameras to the 
League of Nations, where there was 
no apparent fireworks. Madrid- 
Franco victory parade (Par) brought 
a bit of hissing at tiie Thursday night 
(1) show caught Jack Dempsey, 
speaking for the repeal of the law 
against fight films In Interestate com- 
merce, seemed a bit nervous. At that, 
he never was a Maxie Baer. before 
the cameras anyway. 

Metropolitan (N, Y.) open golf 
tournament caught by Fox, and 
numerous lesser clips, ranging from 
women cops to fashions, fill the pro- 
gram. Some of this stufl looks staged, 
such as the gal anglers, who look like 
they belong in a night club floor 
show, and the hot weather item con- 
tributed by Par. Char. 



H'wood to S, A. 



(Continued from page 3) 
Representative Sam D. McReynolds, 
Democrat of Tennessee ('to author- 
ize the President to render closer 
and more effective the relationship 
between the American republics') 
the sum of $120,000. was set aside 
for a production program; $18,500 
for distribution, and $38,000 for 'spe- 
cial' purposes, Including projection 
equipment for U. S. Embassies In 
South America. 

In a committee report offered by 
Representative Sol A. Bloom, New 
York Democrat, the following proj- 
ects were commended: 
' Rescorlng, re-edition and narra- 
tion in Spanish and Portuguese, 
six films, $30,000. 

Production of one film on. the 
American Republics for U. S. con- 
sumption, $45,000. 

Production of one film on the V. 
S. for Latin American consumption, 
$45,000. 

Distribution and exploitation of 
the six Spanish and Portuguese pix, 
$6,000. 

Salary of one individual and sec- 
retary, office and overhead expense 
for a Film Libr'ary and Film Ex- 
change to serve the 20 Latin Amer- 
ican Republics, $6,000. 

'Contribution toward expenses of 
traveling representative in Mexico, 
Chile, Argentina and 'Brazil, to hold 
previews, meet with U. S. Embassy 
and foreign government officials, 
civic, artistic, and cultural leaders, 
press, representatives of motion pic- 
ture organizations, etc.', $6,000. 



40 VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



Maine Strawh^ts at Crossroads; 
May Go Arty or Borscht Style 



Bjr ROBERT McDONOlirGH 
Portland, Me., June 6. 
Local strawhat season, ' which 
opened Saturday (27) at Lake wood 
with warmed-over version of 'Susan 
and God,' finds the Maine al frescos 
not only literally but also figurative- 
ly at the crossroads. Grosses last 
year were unsatisfactory ahd the 
managers are beginning to wonder 
whether the New York World's Fair, 
isn't going to drain off some of the 
money that wot4d normally be' spent 
up here. Tourist traffic Into the 
state up to the Memorial weekend 
was lighter than at any similar pe- 
riod in years, but the optimists have 
been laying this to the'- frigid 
weather and the fact that the season 
is about a month behind atmospheric- 
ally. 

Maine cowbams, which started 
pretentiously, some years ago as hin- 
terland adjuncts to the airty section 
of 42d street have gone .through 
many permutation^, and are now 
scarcely distinguishable from the 
smalltown stock companies . of . 30 
years back^ The,tryout angle, which 
was given loud publlci^ P^.the start, 
has faded, with the main' emphasis 
now placed on . rehashed' Broadway 
successes. 

Realty ilpoknp 

I<akewood, with M^elviUe Purke di- 
recting a strong company is ;operated 
in close relationship with a real es- 
tate development. Situated out in 
the ' middle of nowhere, 105 miles 
from. Portland and five miles from 
Skowhegan, this is p.|iard place to 
reach — and a harder .one to. get away 
from, especially after ttn 11:30 final 
curtain. As a result,, many victors 
turn in for thie i)ight in one. of the 
adjoining cabins and when the ex- 
pense of this, with the .cost of;. two 
or three meals has .been aidded . to 
the price of admission, it. can be seen 
that the dramaJover leaves quite a 
bit of coin behind. . Ogunquit, with 
Walter Hartwig at the helm, has a 
school for stage-struck kids attached, 
and this is said to' pay quite a few 
of. the bills outstanding. The other 
stocks— Bela Blau's Dee^tress at' 
Harrison; the troupe at Bioothbay; 
the youngsters at Kennebunkport — 
all have their incidental sources of 
income. But the play's 'stiU the thing 
— even under moaning Fine boughs. 

The hayricks up till now have 
been cursed with a ' 'good' press, 
The notices. In the local papers read 
as i( they were written by the pro- 
ducer's mother — and often are. The 
New York sheets are represented 
by second-string men who send back 
windy stories chronicling the dfr 
lights of being eaten alive by mos 
qultoes while watching the Pulitzer 
winner of 1931, or the qiiaintness of 
realizing ,that the natural habitat of 
the finny tribe is directly under 
one's feet as one follows the ua 
ravelling of 'Reunion in Vienna,' the 
cast of which Is headed by John 
Barryihoie's Hollywood stand-in, 
supported by the daughter of the 
director's old college roommate, 
Basking in the glow of this 'criti- 
cism,' many producers began to 
think that they could do good work 
with one hand tied behind their 
backs and a bottle of brandy on the 
table — at least, they didn't think 
that tl}ere was any great necessity 
for brainwork. And then the cuS' 
tomers stopped cpming. Good houses 
opening night, good houses Satur 
day night, poor houses in between. 
Britain's MalTem 
At the moment some can be heard 
counselling a return to 'art' along 
the lines of Britain's Malvern, with 
all the first-stringers on the premises 
and a draw from the intelligentsia, 
This plan,, they .admit, would call 
for a big bankroll .and would in- 
volve the losing of money over a 
long period; it might even require 
a Federal subsidy. Others are ad- 
vising a straight extrovert sched- 
ule, with customers brought in from 
the cities via co-operating bus lines. 
Objectors to the latter proposal point 
out that an inrush of picnlcing hoi 
polloi Plight be just enough to deal 
the deathblow; and .that, the proper 
procedure for the future' should be 
to coast along while awaiting a re- 
tUTA of ' the 1929 brand of good times. 

Everything seems to be in a state 
ot indecision, and this goes for this 
season as well Lakewood's playbill 
beyond the first few weeks has not 
been released;- Deertrees mentions 
, fi new one by Marc Connelly, but 
nothing else; Ogunquit and Booth- 
ilwy are still shuttered. At the mo- 
ment, .th0 strawhatters are studying 



Sam Jafle In 'Gold Watch' 

Stony Creek, Conn.^ June . 6. 

New management here this year, 
with William Castle operating; War- 
ren Yoimg, managing director; Fran- 
cis Y. Joannes, set designer; Henry 
Uros, p. a. Castle will double as' di- 
rector. Eight-week season opens 
July 3. Rex Ingram is set for 'Em- 
peror Jones' and Sam- Jaffe for try- 
out of 'The Gold Watch.' Also a 
break^ is 'Not for Children,', with' 
cast headed by foreign import Ellen 
Schwanneke. 

House is working on a plan, sub- 
ject to local ordinance, to run Tues- 
day through Sunday instead of the 
orthodox Monday-Saturday. 



up on some Indian good-weather 
prayers. 



' Ambidextrous Show Bli 

Nichols, Conn., June 6, 
You've gotta be versatile if you 
want to join the strawhat troupe at 
Pinebrook . theatre here: Spot is a 
'Having Wonderful Time* commun- 
ity and the players put on three 
types of shows weekly, Itonday it's 
vaude; Wednesday, dramatic produc- 
tions; Saturdays, revues. Season 
opened May 29 and runs 15 weeks. 



Loolse Piatt Steps Ont 

Guilford, Conn., June 6. 
Chapel playhouse starts 10-week 
season June 26 with 'Strictly Dis- 
honorable' pencilled, for opener. 
Louise Piatt, originally skedded as 
backer, steps out financially and will 
confine her activities to acting. Pres- 
ent setup lists Jean Piatt and Olive 
Warren, with Nate Beers as manag- 
ing director. Lewis Harmon is on 
publicity and Peter' Wolf has. been 
signatured for set designing. Hardie 
Albright in as director, with Eliza- 
beth Steams production a^istant 
Guest stars include Elissa Landi in 
■Tovarich' and Esther Ralston in a 
tryout titled 'Let the Mare Run,' by 
Marian Grant and Robert~£, Perry. 
Martha Sleeper is' pencilled for 'No 
More Ladies.' 



Burky Comk Has to Join 
Equity for Tokel Boy' 



Among the final additions to the 
cast of Lew Brown's 'Yokel Boy' is 
Phil Silvers, a comic, who steps 
from burlesque to legit. Last week 
the management was advised that 
Silvers would be required to join 
Equity, otherwise rehearsals would 
be interrupted. Delay in the actor 
filing application is ^aid to have 
been caused by his failure to pay 
the required initiation fee. 

Silvers is a member of the Bur- 
lesque- 'Actors Assn;, which has an 
initation fee of $25, halt that re- 
quired by Equity. Under tlie inter- 
changeability rules Silvers' was or- 
dered to pay .the difference, after 
which he's eligible for junior mem- 
bership in Equity. If he retains 
good standing with BAA, he will pay 
one halt the regulation dues to each 
union. 

. 'Yokel' Is due to debut in Boston 
in two weeks, with early July entry 
into the Majestic, New York. 



Jane Bryan Tabbed 

Miltord, Conn.,_ June 6. 
Plymouth playhouse opens eight- 
week sea^n July 1 with 'You Can't 
Take It'With You.' Marcus'Merwin 
(Continued on page 46) 

ATCH0IJ)SI1S 
FINAL AUDITION 

The American Theatre Council 
committee in charge of apprentices, 
which has been auditioning new and 
young talept for the past two years, 
made possible a performance of 
stage aspirants before an audience 
of showmen and agents Thursday 
(1) at the Henry Miller theatre, New 
York, with surprising results. Dur- 
ing the afternoon 56 youngsters ap- 
peared. A flock of calls from man- 
agers and talent scouts after the 
show were received, asking for the 
addresses of 30, indicating that many 
are in line for engagements. 

'Whereas last season there were 11 
such showings, It was decided to 
concentrate on only one this season. 
Antoinette Perry, chairman ot the 
committee, and Armlna Marshall, 
have directed many private audi- 
tions since last fall, with various 
groups ot judges sitting in. Tyros 
were graded in that way and the 
field thus narrowed, 
. There were originally about 2,000 
applicants who auditioned. Judges 
gave each apprentice credits much 
the same as in student examination 
with 100 chosen as the highest 
scorers. Some were unable to ap 
pear in Thursday's (1) performance, 
having secured engagements. 

Miss Perry expressed the opinion 
that the system used is a long step 
in solving the talent problem. Not 
all those who appeared are unfa 
miliar witl.t the stage. Some have 
had small parts, while others ap- 
pear in radio and other performing 
fields. ■ 'Virtually all, however, were 
able to convince agents of their 
ability, for which reason the so^ 
called Apprentice Theatre is regard 
ed as having performed a service, 
both for the new faces' and -show- 
men. 



If OT MKADO' IN 
TANGLE WITH 
EQIM 



'Hot Mikado,' whidi suspended 
Saturday (3) at the Broadhurst, 
N. Y., is under contract to relight at 
Uie Hall ot Music, New York World's 
Fair, June 20, though difficulties 
over planned re-dassiflcation of the 
colored mtisical are still to be ironed 
out Michael Todd contends that by 
reducing the running time to around 
60 minutes, the show would become 
a unit and not within Equity's Fair 
regulations concerning legit attrac- 
tions. . 

Equity figures tiie matter differ- 
ently, taking the position that no 
matter how much the show's run- 
ning time is reduced it would still be 
a legiter. It is explained by Equity 
that when other musicals were re- 
duced to units, . they were booked 
into vaiidefilm and presentation the- 
atres and were part of the show, 
whereby 'Mikado' would be the sole 
offering. 

.Manager . Is figuring on using a 
short feature picture in conjunction 
with 'Mikado' at the Fair and in that 
way 'satisfy' Equity's ideas about 
classification of a unit Should the 
fair management .concur with the 
combination of film and .tab, it would 
change the policy of the house and 
probably not come 'within Equity re- 
strictions. 

Principal point Is Sunday perform- 
ances^ 'While Equity assents to Sun- 
days at the Fair, under the state law 
legit shows playing such days must 
lay off Monday. That is the proced- 
ure applied to 'Railroads on Parade,' 
one of the two presentations under 
Equity jurisdiction at the Fair. 

The other show is the tab Shake- 
speare in the Merrie England con- 
cession. At the Chicago Fair the 
briefie Shakespeare presentations 
cleaned up, but have been drawing 
mildly here. Planned to have a 
separate entrance to the theatre, so 
.that patrons, will not be required to 
pay 25c. admission to the concession, 
in addition the theatre rap of 40c. 
Shakesperean tab pl&ys Sundays 
without a layoff, but Equity has 
ruled that after June 15, the show 
must do so. 

Equity rules set a limit, ot 44 hours 
weekly at the Fair, but additional 
appearances are okay provided the 
players are paid for the overtime.. 
There is virtually no limit for 
performances in ottter concessions. 



Current Road Shows 

(.Week of June 5) 

;My Dear Children' (John Barry- 
more)— Selwyn, Chicago. 

'Our Town' (Eddie Dowling)— Al- 
bee, Providence. 

'Streets ot Paris' (Bobby Clark)— 
Shubert, Boston. 

Tobacco Road' — Biltmore, Los 
Angeles. 



Signs with Chi Opera 

Milwaukee, Jume 6. 

Helen Ryerson, -lyric soprano ciu:- 
rently starred oh 'Saturday Evening 
Recital' over 'WTMJ, has been en- 
gaged by the Chicago City Opera 
Co.; for the 1939-40 season, i 

Paul Longone, -general manager of 
the Chicago organization, negotiated 
the- contract. 



Top Grossers on B way During 1938-39 



(For season ending last Saturday (3). Ail figures based on Variety's 
weekly estimates. Figures in parenthesis refer to number of performances 
on Broadway this season. Asterisk indicates shoto is sKK running.; 

'Hellz-a-Poppin' (313)* $1 124 90ft 

'I Married an Angel' (336) * 950 300 

(Grossed additional $74,000 previous season and $248,000 on tour) ' 

'Leave It to Me' (236)». ; „«« 

'American Way' (149)* . .' ^2?'»^ 

•Abe Lincoln in lUinois' (266)» -.. 641 000 

'Boys From Syracuse' (220)* " * " 64o'nnn 

'Kiss the Boys Goodbye' (284) -, 455;355 

(Tujo road componies grossed oddttiojial $333,100) ' ' 

•Oscar Wilde' (247) 371700 

'Knickerbocker Holiday' (165) aezfioo 

(Grossed additional fieOi'SW on tour) 

'Stars in Your Eyes' (126) i..... .......... 337>>nn 

'Set to Music' (128) ;.. ' 286'ooo 

'Pins and Needles' (413)* 283400 

(Grossed $178,100 previous seoson) 

'What a Life' (427)* 278.900 

(Grossed additional $49,000 previous season and road company also ' 
totaled $228,200) 

•Little Foxes' (120)* jBflOlw 

'Hamlet' (96) .- ..V.V 246'000 

(Plus $42,000 on tour with 'Henri/ IV') ' 

'Our Town' (194) ; 230,000 

(Abo $191,000 previous season and $143,900 on (our) 

•Tobacco Road' .(413)* , 232 000 

(Also $685,600 during two previous seasons, plus touring* companies) 

•Mamba's Daughters' (161) 228 600 

'P.hiladelphia Story' (73)» Ms'-am 

•Outward Bound' (192)* ' tZ'Ma 

•Sing Out the News' (105) '. • " • 201 500 

;On Borrowed Time' (177) I82i300 

(Also $244,000 previous scoson) 

You Can't Take It With You' (209) 182,200 

(Plus $1,049,600 two previous seasons, plus road compaiites) 

D'Oyly Carte Opera Co. (76) 181500 

„ . (Also $221,300 on tour; 

'Victoria Regina' (88) .1; 178 500 

(Besides $1,300,000 on road last season and $759,200 on Broadwav the 
previous season; 

'Gentle People' (142) 170500 

•One for the Money' (130) ' mIoOO 

'Prmjrose Path' (168) .. iss Aoo 

'You Never Know' (78) 153*000 

'White Steed' (136) ...!.!! 148 500 

'Bachelor Born' (245) !.!!.!!..!;!!. 147]26o 

(Abo .$101,000 previous season) 

Henry IV' (73 ) 139 job 

(Plus $14,000 on tour with 'Hathlet') 

'No Time for Comedy' (50)*. 137500 

'Hot Mikado' (78) ' | 127 000 

'Fabulous Invalid' (65 ) !.'.'!.*.'!!!!.*." 120 000 

'Rocket to the Moon' (131) !!. !! 120 000 

'Shadow and Substance' (120) 118*800 

(-Also $214,500 previous season and $197,900 on tour) ' 

'Women' (40) 80,000 

(In addition to $1,162,800 in two previotis seasons) ' 

'Room Service' (48) /.^ 25,500 

(Besides $6^000 in two previous seasons) 

•Susan and God' (8) '. > 12,000 

. f^'"" *832,500 previous seoson and'$59iVoO on Vour^^ 

'I'd Rath,er Be Right' (40) M,iOa 

(In addition to $847,700 previous season and $684,200* on* "tour.; 

WPA Unions in Big Drive to Halt 
New Campaign to Cut Personnel 



Defined Bnrley-Legit 
Theatres Held Key To 
Hike of Surety Rates 

For the purpose of presenting data 
to casualty and surety underwriters, 
in connection with the announced 
heavy increase in liability insur- 
ance rates, the League of New York 
Theatres has sent questionnaires to 
theatre managements. Information 
sought covers 1935 and 1936, last 
time that the rates were changed. 
Managers are asked for the number 
of claims made and the amounts 
paid, if any, by insurance companies. 

Indications are . that the under- 
writers, in upping the rates. Included 
a number of former legit houses 
that are now playing burlesque ap- 
proximately 52 weeks per year. 
That would, it's figured, account for 
the number of claims paid out, 
about which legit showmen are un- 
aware. 

During 1936 there were 46 thea- 
tres available for legit, whereas 
currently there are 35, not all of 
which are lighted at one time. Dlf- 
ference shows that 11 houses have 
changed policy to either burlesque 
or grind films. 



HAZE ERIE THEATBE 

Erie, Pa„ June 6. 
The Park theatre, a landmark 
here, which has housed everything 
from legit to talkers, will soon be 
demolished to make room for a 
number of stores. . . 

, The house has been dark for the 
past year. . 



Situation in federal theatre project 
is unsettled and while there had 
been no pink -dismissal slips re- 
ceived up to early this week, the 
various professional groups in the 
relief outfits appear to be facing a 
battle for survival. That material 
reduction in the outfit's complement 
will come is generally assumed, but 
it's also believed that a complete 
reorganization of the project is in 
the making if it's to be continued. 

To combat the aims of some Wash- 
ington forces to submierge the WPA 
theatre, the Federation ot Arts 
Projects, representing actors, writers, 
musicians, artists and stagehands on 
WPA, is going into action. Deck- 
hands had 'been aloof from the 
federation but last week joined. 

The federation, through the far- 
fiung 'WPA unions, will work 
through localities rather than con- 
centrate on Washington" only. It is 
planned for union branches in all 
parts of the country to urge their 
congressmen to aid the WPA setup, a 
move that has been one of the first 
to be undertaken by the WPA unions, 
whenever similar emergencies have 
arisen. 

Legislative committee handling the 
matter, however, is said to be con- 
sidering changing the status of the 
whole WPA, with the Idea of classi- 
fying it for the purpose of work 
projects only. It that is adopted, 
presumption is that the arts would 
be eliminated, in which case it 
would force those on such projects 
back on home relief. 

Reports are that changes have 
been ordered in the New York WPA 
FTP and that Gerge Koridolt, In 
charge of production, would . be 
transferred to Washington. That has 
(Continued on page 42) 



Wednesdaff June 7, 1939 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



41 



'38-39 LEGIT HELD ITS OWN 



Legit s 6.0. for 3 Years at a Glance 



(Season ending Saturday f June 3). AW fieures art based on Va- 
riety's weekly boxoffice estimates.^ 

Grand total Broadway and road grosses season 1938-39. ..$19,896,300 

(Total of 1,656 playing Aweeks) 
Grand total Broadway and road grosses season 1937-38 20,126,900 . 

(Total ot 1,693 playing weeks) 

Grand total Broadway and road grosses season 1936-37. 21,488,800 

(Total playing weeks not available) ' 

Total Broadway grosses 1938-39 (1,061 playing weelcs) 12,751,000 

Total Broadway grosses 1937-38 (999 playing weeks)....... 11,501,300 

Total Broadway grosses 1936-37 13,886,300 

Biggest week on Broadway (Feb. 20, '39), 32 shows running .446,000 

Total road grosses 1038-39 (611 playing weeks) . . . ; 7,145,000 

Total road grosses 1937-38 (694 playing weelcs)... 8,625,600 

Total road grosses 1936-37 (612 playing weeks). . . . ......... 7,602,500 

Number of productions during 1938-39 97 

.Number of new plays , ., ; 63 

Number of new musicals 17 

Number of new revivals (includes D'Oyly Carte Opera Co.)....... 8 

Number of miscellaneous 8 

(Includes return engagement ot "Victoria Reglna,' One-Act Reper- 
tory, Ruth Draper, Frank Fay's Vaudeville,' experimental 'Quiet City,' 
'An Evening in Cathay,' Elsie Janis, Cecilia I/>ftu&) . 

Number of hit new shows.... ; 10 

Number of moderate successes 5 

Number of hit revivals ' 3 

Number of failures 65 

Number of shows current this week.... V. 16 

Number of shows current same week. last season - 16. 



Proposed Tax Changes Seen Boost 
For Show Biz, Particularly Legit 





Changes in the tax structure pro- 
posed by Governmental officials Is 
viewed as a boon -to show business, 
particularly legit A way would be 
opened up tor the spreading of losses 
•long the principles of amortization, 
covering a period of three years. 
Plan la akin to the English tax sys- 
tem and showmen have- made sev- 
eral attempts to have legislators con- 
aider similar measures. ' ' 

Producers point out that they may 
have a hit one year and pay big 
taxes on the profit, whereas the next 
season might find them operating in 
the red. They contend that some 
method of equalizing the tax burden 
should be worked out because show 
bxislness is more hazardous than 
other ventures. However, they were 
told in Washington there could be 
no distinction between taxpayers. 

Under the present tax setup all 
business operates on an annual or 
fiscal period of one year. Losses 
sustained during that period are 
cliarged off against earnings within 
~the same time. Show people argue 
that the regulations may be equitable 
for business generally, but that show 
production is entirely, different They 
point out that commercial enter- 
prises have tangible properties and 
goods, but that theatrical produc- 
tions when finished are worthless. 

Proposed changes designed to spur 
business and manufacturing corpo- 
rations include extending the period 
over which losses may be charged 
off. As now planned, if a producer 
lost $100,000 during one season and 
• similar amount the next year, but 
netted a profit of $300,000 the third 
year, he would be permitted to 
charge off $200,000 in losses and pay 
tax on $100,000. 

That is virtually what business has 
sought to bring about and it appears 
that treasury officials have recog- 
nized the logic of tlie contentions 
Ot course there was no thought in 
mind of benefiting the theatre when 
the proposals were drawn up, but 
there seems little doubt that the the- 
atre would be benefited, along with 
all other business. That also applies 
to thei proposal of dropping the tax 
on undivided surplus. 

While the prospect of the changes 
are welcomed in show circles, how 
the system would work out if a pro 
ducer cleaned up one year and then 
had two losing seasons. Tax on the 
first season's profits would naturally 
be collectible, but how the subse- 
quent losses could be amortized ap- 
pears to be » problem. Tax people 
appear to have different opinions as 
to how or whether the proposed 
changes would affect show business, 
but. some are insistent that changes 
aimed to aid business generally must 
Include theatrical ventures. 



W. A. WOliams Set 

To Head Pennsy FTP 

Philadelphia, .June 6. 

William A. Williams last week 
was named Pennsylvania director of 
the Federal Theatre Project He re- 
places Herbert Humphries, ' who re- 
cently underwent an eye operation, 
and it's understood, may be sliifted 
to California. 

Art Lewis has been named to head 
publicity and promotion. He suc- 
ceeds Bill Haggerty. 



TB' 

yn. UP TO '3/-ii8 



Heretofore There Had Been 
a Steady Decline — 65 Fail* 
ures, Including a Couple 
Which May Resume — Sale 
of Film Rights Incrtose 



THE FAIR A FACTOR 



Eqnity-AGMAs 
Jcnnt Broadcasts 
For Charity Fund 



Equity, In association with the 
American Guild of Musical Artists, 
is readying to emulate the Screen 
Actors Guild by presenting spon- 
sored ladlb programs for charity 
fund purposes. Most of the details 
have been worked out and It is 
understood that several ad agencies 
representing major advertisers are 
considering a tieup for such a series. 
Proceeds will be donated to the 
Actors Fund, Stage Relief Fund, the 
three theatrical guilds and probably 
the emergency funds of Equity and 
AGMA. 

The plan was placed before 
Equi^'s coimcil some weeks ago by 
one of the younger showmen and 
was referred to a committee. It's in 
dicated that Equity and AGMA have 
decided to liandle the matter be 
tween them, it being reported tliat 
the unions did not consider it 'neces' 
sary' for an 'outsider' to participate 
in what is essentially a charity ac 
tivity. 

SAG'S broadcasts net $10,000 per 
program, sponsored by Good Gulf. 
Amount to be bid for the. Equity- 
AGMA presentations will probably 
not be set until the cast lineups are 
submitted. Like SAG, members will 
make at least one broadcast all such 
participation being gratis. Equity 
has sent out letters to 100 name 
members asking that they commit 
themselves, with AGMA doing like 
wise. Figured that with the leading 
stage players and the wealth of 
talent in the musical and operatic 
fields to draw from, the programs 
will have name strength comparable 
with the SAG broadcasts. 



By JACK PDLASKI 

Broadway productivity during the 
seasofa of 1938-39 liriore than held its 
own.iiThere were 80 new produc- 
tions presented, as against 79 during 
1937-38. 

Up to the latter period there had 
been a steady drop in the number 
of presentations. Previous two sea" 
sons had seen the total decline from 
,120 shows ('35-36) to 90. Number of 
clicks were slightly under last sea- 
son when there were 11 hits and six 
moderate successes. The season just 
ended shows 10 standouts plus five 
that have been rated making some 
profit 

Percentage of successes has not 
greatly varied for seasons, there be- 
ing one out of every four shpws 
making the grade. There is a frac- 
tional difference for '38-39 but two 
or three shows that didn't climb out 
of the production- red still have a 
chance to turn a profit In two in- 
stances engagements are slated to be 
resumed, dependent oh whether 
business perks when the real influx 



Hollywood Boys 



Shows of the 1938-39 season 
purchased hy . ftlm companies, 
with the buyer and approximate 
prices paid: 

'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' 

(RKO) $225,000 

down payment plus per- 
centage of ftbn's gross 

•American Way' RKO).. $200,000 
down payment pius per- 
centage of film's gross 

Thiladelphia Story' (Katharine 

H*bum) $35,000- 

pluR percentage of film's 
gross. Deal for transfer «f 
the rights to Metro or Para- 
mount is believed on the 
verge of signing. 

Productions o/ other season*, 
purchased during 1938-39: 
'Elizabeth the Queen' 

(•30-'31) (Wame-s).... $30,000 
•Night of January 16th' 

(•35-'36) (RKO) $10,000 

•Whatever Goes Up' ('35- 

'36) (Paramount) $3,500 

'Blind Alley' CSS-'SO) 

(Columbia) $5,000 

•Let Freedom Ring' ('35- 

'38) <Metro) $4,000 

'Babes in Arms' (3e-'37) 

(Metro) $21,000 

•Susan and God' ('37 

'38) (Metro) $75,000 

'Ot Mice and Men' ('37- 

'38) (Hal Roach ) . . . Percentage 
deal 

'I Married an Angel' 

(•37-'38) (Metro) $25,000 

'What a Life' (•37-'38) 

(Paramount) $50,000 

'Our Town' ('37-'38) (Sol 

Lesser) $35,000 



Hits of 193S-39 



to the World's Fair, comes. However, 
with those doubtful shows included 
in the debit column, the number of 
failures is tabulated at 65, four more 
that last season. 

While the low mark of production 
has only been just passed, it is ex- 
pected that new show activities for 
'30-40 will be materially increased, 
granted' that Hollywood resumes 
legit financing after failing io put up 
coin for nearly three seasons. 

During the spring, up to the time 
the tair ushered in the present 
slump, weekly grosses were con 
siderably higher than last year at 
the same time. That particularly ap 
(Continued on page 42) 



•Abe Lincoln in Illinois' 
♦'American Way' 
'Boys from Syracuse' 
'Hellz-a-Poppin' 
'Kiss the Boys Goodbye' 



•Leave It to Me' 
•Little Foxes' 
•No Time for Comedy' 
'Oscar Wilde* 
•Philadelphia Story* 



(Also the revivals of 'Hamlet* 'Henry IV' and 'Outward Bound.') 



MODERATE SUCCESSES 
•Ontle People' Hbcket to the Moon* 

'Knickerbocker Holiday' 'White Steed' 

'Mamba's Daughters' 



FAILURES 



'A Woman's a. Fool— To Be Clever' 
'American Landscape' 
'Blackbirds' 
'Bright Rebel' 
'Brown Danube' 
'Case History' 
'Clean Beds' 
'Close Quarters' ' 
'Come' Across' 
'Dame Nature' 
Tance Night' 
'Danton's Death* 
'Day in the Sun* 
'Dear Octopus* . 
'Devil and Daniel Webster* 
'Devil Take$ a Bride' 
'Don't Throw Glass Houses' 
'Everywhere I Roam' 
'Fabulous Invalid' 
'Family Portrait' 
•Flashing Stream' 
'Gloriana' 
•Glorious Morning' 
'Good Hunting' 
'Great Lady* 
'H ppiest Days' 
'Here Come the Clowns' 
t'Hot Mikado'. . 
'I Have Been Here Before' 
'I Must' Love Someone' 
•Jeremiah' 
•Knights of Song' 
'Lorelei' 

(Also the revivals of 'Awake and Sing,' 'Blossom Time,* Importance ot 
Being Earnest,' 'Lightnin',' and One^Act Repertory Theatre.) 



'Madame Capef . 
•Merchant of Vonkers* 
'Mexlcane' 
•Michael Drops In' 
'Miss Swan Expects' 
'Missouri Legend' 
'Mother* 

'^rs. O'Brien EntertalntT 

•My Heart's In the Highlands' 

'Off to Buffalo' 

$'One for the Money* 

■Please, Mrs. 'Garibaldi* 

•P. imrose Path* 

'Ringside Seat' 

•Run, Sheep, Ron* 

'Se'. to Music* 

•Sing Out the New^ 

'SolUoquy' 

'Spring. Meeting* 

'Stars in Your Eyes^ 

'Susanna, Dont You Cry' 

•Swing Mikado* ' 

Tell My Story* 

TTianks tfit Tomorrow' 

•The Good* 

•30 Days Hath September* 
'Waltz in Goose Step' 
•Where Do We Go from Here?" 
'Where There's a Will' 
'Window Shopping* 
'Wuthering Heights' 
'You Never Know* 



♦Closes Saturday (10), resumes in five weeks, 
t ReUghts at N. Y. World's Fair. 
i Possibility of resuming. 



Revisions of B way s Met Code 
To CaU for Stricter Enforcement; 
~ Playgoer Poll Favors Gty Control 



NEW EQUITY COUNCIL 
MEMBERS INDUCTED 



New members of Equity's coun- 
cil were inducted last week. Sev- 
eral made maiden' speeches, mostly 
to the effect on issues and matters 
to which the a.ssociatlon should at- 
tend. Indicated that the new people 
were not cognizant of the associa- 
tion's affairs, for virtually every 
point raised' has received attention, 
if not already, included in Equity's 
policies for some time. 

Chorus Eqifity held Its annual 
meeting Friday (2) when it was an- 
nounced that whereas the branch 
operated $8,000 in the red last sea- 
son, that which just closed earned 
$11,000 over operating expenses. 

Paul Dullzell was re-elected chair- 
man of the executive committee and 
Gerald Moore secretary of that body. 
Others named for three years are 
Frances Wade, Carrington Lewis, 
John Muccio, Beau Tilden, Francis 
Clarke, Eimily Marsh and Thomas 
Scott 

Chorus will have representatives 
on Equity's council for the first time, 
those named being Jack Barnes, Jay 
Amiss, Leroy . Maclean, Moore and 
Miss Marsh. 



FTP Dark in L. A. 

Hollywood, June 6. 

Town will be without Federal The- 
atre play from June 12 to July 5, 
marking lowest production ebb since 
Inception of the project here. 

Pruning of talent roster Is reported 
under way. 'Swing Mikado' breaks 
Inactive spelL 



Broadway ticket code will be re- 
vised for next season. Extent of the 
changes is under consideration by 
the League of New York Theatres 
and EQnityr''' co-sponsors of the 
agency regulations. Indications are 
that ttie revisions are designed for 
a more rigid enforcement . of th* 
code's main provisions. 

Proposed changes were placed be- 
fore Equity's council by James F. 
Reilly, the League's secretary, who 
will await an opinion from that tiody 
before drafting the new provisions, 
which have been okayed by the 
League's board. 

Equity has had a representsitlve 
perusing a mass of correspondence 
relative to code enforcement meas- 
ures. Before making his report to 
the council, he will seek the opinion 
of managers as to the Code's work- 
ability. Also to be queried are a 
number of ticket brokers and the 
Theatrical Managers, Agents and 
Treasurers union. Latter and ticket 
men have been critical of the code. 

Last week, the Spellman bill, 
which would make the sale of tickets 
for more than 75c over the box- 
office price a misdemeanor, was ex- 
pected to go before the N. Y. city 
counpil for action. Sponsor is said 
to have made a determined effort to 
get the measure out of committee 
but the latter set another public 
hearing on the bill for June 16. 

The League has gathered, evidence 
from theatre-goers that the latter 
are In favor of the. city regulating 
the price of tickets. Postcards ask- 
ing for a yes or no expression were 
distributed in several theatres and 
within two days 400 replies favoring 
the passage of the ordinance were 
(Continued on page 46) 



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VAEtmiY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



Play Out of Town 



' STREETS OF PARIS 

Boston, June 2. 

RsTua In two ants, 29 acanea, preaented 
br ttaa- Shuterta and- Olaen & Johnaon, 
taatarlnir Bobbj Clarfc. LnallK Oear, Abbott 
to Csatallo, Carman Miranda, Dalla. LInd 
and Jaan Sablon, with Tvonne Bourler, 
TbIak-a-DrInk Honman, Gloria Ollb«rt< Jo 
and Joanna Raadlnsar* Gowar and Jaanne, 
Hylton Slatars, John UcCauloy, Marcarat 
Irrlns, Ward and Van, Ban Dora. Harold 
Barnas, Ramon VInajr, Blllla Branch, 
Charlaa IiStorTa, Maeda Earl. Muale, 
Jamaa McHngti; lyrlea, Al Dabin: addi- 
tional mualo and tyrlca, Harold Roma; 
akatchaa, Tom McKnUtht and Charlaa Sher- 
man; dancea and enaafnMea atasad by Rob- 
art Alton: direction and lighting, Edward 
Diuyaa Dowling; aettlnga, Lawrance Ii, 
Goldwasaar; ««atumaa, Irana aharaff. Jean 
LaSayaux, conaultant on proaoctton: John 
McUanua, mualcal director: Hana Splalek, 
orchaatral arranger; Denala Murray, ataga 
director; Hugh Martin, vocal arranger; at 
Shubert, Boston, May SI, '30; $3.30 top. 



Now that the Shuberts have discov- 
ered the $3.30 crowd lUces vaude- 
ville and the hokum-'burley stuff that 
is 'Hellzapoppln,' they have' joined 
with Olsen.and Johnson In present- 
ing a burley-girly revue loadied with 
talent drawn mainly from the top 
ranks .of vaude. Where vaude isn't 
vepresented in this cavalcade of en- 
tertainment, the musical Mmedy 
field is; in Bobby Clark and JLuella 
Gear. Jean Sablon, curreat fave of 
the platterbugs, . is the- radio name. 
He halls from France but has had an- 
NBC buildup. From. Brazil comes 
Carmen Miranda. 

Spectaculaily presented in the 
finale of the first act, surrounded by 
her Samba instrumental sextet. Miss 
Miranda sings only ia her native 
tongue. This is no deterrent to her 
art of selling oomph, and the four 
encores at the preem clearly indicate- 
that she more than made her sales 
quota, 

. Show ran nearly three hours open- 
ing night and there's hardly a lull 
as les girls' flit throtigh Bob Alton's 
swell ensemble routines, contedians 
slap each other, around and lose their 
pants and the curtain rises and falU 
on rugged boudoir blackouts. 

On the whole, Clark's material is 
medium, but he has- his day as a 
postcard photog, a quick-change art- 
ist In a quadruple role in a corny 
one-act skit Wiui Iiueua. Gear,, and 
again as a blase ttoy of tiie Riviera, 
numb with soiAistication. Last skit 
fires both barrels at Noel Coward' 
and his set 

Abbott and> Costdio, new to this 
city, easily grab top rating in the 
comedy dq)artment, Hhs shell game 
bit: ' done wlOi lemons, is a wow, 
with Abbott iIeec(Bg> Costello with 
fast talk and other sharp practice^. 

Mike trouble in the first act was 
serious for .Sablon, who therefore 
was unable to pr^ect In the second 
half he registered^, after the technlcal 
fault wag corrected,, and as a result 
hlq best bet was a- duet with Yvonne 
Bouvler, 'We Live on I<6ve.' 

First real click is a daffy Apache 
mlxup in full stage, about two-thirds 
through the flcsi act. Here Clark 
and Delia LInd. warble In duet, 'Is 
It Possible,' while the Billie Branch 
company, .from- 'vaudej tears off its 
extremely r ougb -and-tumMe Apache 
specialty. WEfie bodies - slide be- 
tween their legs and knives whizz 
past tiielr ears, Clark and Lind carry 
on frith perfect detachment from the 
triple murder in- progress all during 
the djiiet, which vould ordinarily 
have a rose-bower setting. 

Miss Gear does yeoman duty In 
Aits, foiling capably with Clark, 
especially as the. woman trying to 
get a passport ohoto in a porno- 
graphic stodio: She also 'sings 'Doin' 
the Chamberlain,' danced by Gower 
and Jeanne. 

Gower and Jeanne register well In 
several spots with their scintillating 
ballroom style. Another dance duo 
that projected through ensemble 



nimibers was Je and Jeanne Read- 
infer in precision strut specialties, 

Gloria Gilbert got an ovation for 
her fast toe whirls in a big semi- 
finale called' 'Graduation' Day at 
Ecole de Jetmes Filles.' Three Hyl- 
ton Sisters, newcomers, were re- 
ceived better as they went along. 
They vocalize the experiences of 
'three little maids' in Paris. They 
will stand watching. 

Ben Dova prefaces his drunk act 
by teetering along the rail of a box 
and then leaping to the stage. It's a 
thriller that will get word-of-mouth 
buildup. Think-A-Drink Hoffmen 
gets a t>eauttful spot for his mystify- 
ing drink-mixing, and earns an extra 
bow. But in taking the bow he 
pulled the worst boner of the show 
by making a icurtain speech— the 
same one he makes in the- vaude 
houses.' 

Ward and 'Van have a good spot 
late in the show for their hirfnun and 
straight harp and fiddle playing. And 
here again the customers are treated 
to a strenuous display of thC' pants- 
off poUcy so dominant in 'Streets' as 
the fiddler's jeans skid up and do'wn 
in the burley. bit 

Good staging, costuming and 
lighting, against a background of in- 
expensive, but effective sets, give 
the revue a classy lift Music is 
satisfactory. 'South American Sway,' 
•Danser in the Dark,' Three LltUe 
Maids' and 'History Is Made at 
Nifiht' are most catchy. 

'Streets' has plenty of stuff to at- 
tract hie hinterland biz if that ex- 
.pected boom in tourist trade ever 
takes time off from Flushing 
Meadows for Broadway. Fox. 



Winnipeg to Attempt First 
Siinuner Sj^ph Concerts 

Winnipeg, June 6.- 
The summer symphony idea is to 
be- tried this year for 10 weeks, first 
attempt at ahything of this nature 
locaUy, Set for long-dark legitter, 
the Walker. 

Backing are the Canadian Broad- 
casting Corp., which will air the 
concerts; local muslciems and a 
selected citizens committee headed 
by Allstair Stewart Acting', for the 
CBC is Geoffrey Waddtngton, who 
will be on podium. 



ASKlNJUCnON 
(HtTtOADBAN 




HILDEGARDE 

First Lady of Television 
Recording ior DECCA 



Per. Mgr. ANNA 808ENKO 
Ex. Rep. JACK BERTELL 



1938-39 Legit 



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plies to the straight-show toK>ers, 
partly explained by the fact that 
they opened some time after New 
'Vear's and therefore the engager 
ments were comparatively fresh. 
More Pic Bights Sold 
There were more picture rights to 
shows sold during '38-39 than during 
the previous season, which touched a 
new low in that department. Only 
three of the season's attractions were 
purchased but at prices much liigher 
than anything during '37-38. Top 
figure applied to 'Abe- Lincoln in 
nihiois,' $225,000; "The American 
Way' brought $200,000 and The 
Philadelphia Story,' $39,000, plus 
percentages. 'Story* was bought by 
Katherlne Hepburn who > is dickering 
to transfer her rights. 

In addition, rights of shows pro- 
duced in previous seasons upped the 
total of such transactions close' to 
$720,000. Films bought the rights of 
10 such stage properties, 'Susan and 
God' getting best money at $75,000. 
With commissions the price paid was 
virtually another $10,000. Tabulation 
includes 'Of Mice and Men,' with no 
set figure given because the film deal 
is said to be on straight percentage. 

Current shows that look sure to be 
sold for pictures include 'The- Little 
Poxes' and "No Time For Comedy. 
To date, Hollywood has spent over 
$300,000 more than last season on 
rights and it's virtually certain that 
last season's total of $413,000 will be 
at least doubled. Also indicated that 
'38-30 was more productive of screen 
material, supporting the survey that 
that condition obtains on alternate 
years. 

3 Bevlvals Profitable 

Three out of six revivals were 
rated profitable. Not included in the 
presentation list are the D'Oyly 
Carte showings of the Gilbert and 
Sullivan operettas, the English 
troupe doing exceptionally well, as 
previously. Included are both 
colored 'Mikados,' the 'Swing' ver- 
sion, which flopped when it turned 
commercial, and the 'Hot' show, 
which is slated for the Fair. 

Among the holdovers are 'Toltacco 
Road,' 'What a Life' and 'Puis and 
Needles.' Latter, an intimate revue 
by the garment workers union, 
hardly opposition to Broadway but 
has been making money and is due 
to move from its' little theatre to 
regular legiter. Performance was 
pepped up this spring by the addi' 
tion of new numbers. 



Hollywood, June 6. 
Injunction Is being sought by 
Irving Becker, company manager of 
Tobacco Road,' .which has been 
banned by the City of Long Beach 
from playing a one-nighter there on 
Monday (12). The show played 
there a year ago, at the high school 
au± 

Claim for damages is also being 
instituted against the city' since the 
booking had been set with a- deposit 
placed, tor the municipally-con- 
trolled house some time- ago. City 
Manager R. M. Dorton issued the 
current ban. 

Show's management claims that 
the nIx, which became known Sat- 
urday (3), dldnt permit the show 
sufficient 'time to get another date, 
thus resulting in the damage action. 
Claim would be squelched it the re- 
straint action is successtid, it's' re- 
ported. "Road' is currently winding 
up two weeks at the Biltmore, Los 
Angeles. 



Guarantee Cincy Opera; 
James Melton Signet 

Cincinnati, June 6. 

Guaranty fund of $15,000 for the 
16th season of summer opera at the 
Zoo was over-subscribed last week 
and Oscar F. Hild, managing direc- 
tor, set June 25 as the opening date. 

James Melton, whor made his op- 
eratic debut here last summer, wiU 
sing ih 'Madame Butterfly,' 'La 
Traviata' and another opera during 
the season. 



Sumunin* Gets FTP 

Production on Coast 

Los Angeles, June 6. 
*Sumurun' is the next major pro- 
duction of the Federal llieatre 
Project in Southern California, with 
Gene Lockhart in charge of 200 
«ctors, dancers and musicians on re- 
lief. Play opens at. the Greek open 
air theatre, . July 14. 

Max Reinhardt first produced 
'Sumurim' in Berlin in- 1010. 



Taiiety' Box Score Winners 



SB B W O 

'23-'24— CBAIG (Mail) 7S 53 10 6 

'S4-'25— POLLOCK (Brooklyn Eagle) 97 73 24 0 

'25-'2e— GABRIEL (Sun) ....109 90 18 1 

'28-'27— 41ABBIEL (Sun).. 105 90 15 0 

'27-'28— ATKINSON (Times) .... 04 81 12 1 

'28-'20— LIITEL (Post) 89 72 16 1 

'29-'30— BBOWN (Post) 88 79 0 0 

>30-'31— BEOWN- (Post) i .,.104 85 18 1 

'31-'32— GABBIEL (American) 109 IQO 8 1 

!32-'33—OABBIEL (American)... 103 89 13 1 

'33-'34— BBOWN (Post) 08 89 8 1 

'34-'35— BBOWN (Post) , 90 77 12 1 

'35-'36— GABBIEL (American) ..... 00: 82 8 0 

'36-'37— COLEMAN (Mirror) 82 75 9 2 

'37-'38^BBOWN (Post).... 62 58 4 0 

'38-'39~ANPEBS.ON (Journal-American). 73 62 11 0 



Pot 
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.862 
.809 
398 
.817 
.917 
.804 
.908 
,855 
.920 
.014 
.035 
.840 



Anderson Boxscore Winner 



(Continued from page 1) 



a- particularly tricky one °to call the 
turn on the shows. Coleman and 
Winchell, who shared tiie reviewing 
for the Mirror, had a combined aver-^ 
age of .811. 

Cangbt 74 Ont of 80 

In sn'arlnjg the pennant Ander- 
son caught 74 out of the 80 shows 
(the others were conflicts). He 
picked 62 winners, doped only 11 
incorrectly and had no "no opinions.' 
His bad gtiesses were 'Missouri 
Legend,' 'HeUz-a-Poppin,' *Klss the 
Boys Goodbye,' 'Fabulotis Invalid,' 
'Knickerbocker Holiday,' "Rocket to 
the Moon,' 'Spring Meeting,' "Prim- 
rose Path,' 'Dear Octopus,' 'Set to 
Music' and 'Stars in Your Eyes.' He 
was the only- reviewer to call the 
turn on 'Sing <}ut the News' and 'Hot 
Mikado,' but was one ol the few to do 
a- brodie on 'Kiss the Boys Goodbye' 
and 'Knickerbocker HoUday.' Shows 
that generally tooled the Annie 
Oakley-holders were 'Missouri 
Legend,' 'HeUz-a-Poppin.' 'Sing Out 
the News,' 'Fabulous Invalid,' 'Rocket 
to the Moon,' 'Spring Meeting,' 'Dear 
Octc^us,' 'Hot Mikado' and 'Stars in 
Your Eyea' 

As usual, the tabulation is figured 
(»ily on the new productions, exclud- 
ing, all revivals. Federal Theatre 
presentatlonfl, special shows,. amateur 
efforts, etc. Among those not rated 



Inside Stitf-Legit 



William J. Fallon, former Broadway ticket broker, who was mixed up 
in an irregular option transaction last winter, was frequently mentioned 
In the case of the senior judge of the U. S. circuit court of appeals, Martin 
T. Manton. whose decisions, according to last Saturday's (3) conviction, 
were bought Having confessed to bribery, Fallon is in jail He is referred 
to as the 'bag 'man' tor Mahton, it being charged that he arranged a num- 
ber of loans' for the jurist prior to certain decisions. 

Fallon, who'.s known as a promoter, bou^t tiie ^son Operatiiig Co. 
ticket enterprise about 19 years- ago. For a short time that outfit through 
his manipulations, tied up all choice tickets. Some montiis ago ha paid 
$5,000 to secure an option on a hotel mortgage. The deal fliwed and it's 
claimed the money was not paid back. 

Robert Newman, yoimg showman, was mentioned as having lent Manton 
$25,000. He explained that he aided the jurist with several loans of $5,000 
each, which he secured from a friend, and that Manton repaid all the 
loans. Newman has. been inactive in shmv^uslness tor the past two years, 
but plans returning to the managerial rfinks shortly. 



Advices from San Francisco report that the 'Zlegfeld Follies,' on the 
Golden Gate fairgroimds, is distinctly disappointing as to attendance and 
performance. Show is being cut and re-routined. 

Understood that the 'Follies' has an unusual arrangement with the Fair 
management Iiattei is said to- have guaranteed J. J. Shubert a gross of 
$100,000 for eight weeks. If the revue does not gross that much, the Fair 
must pay the balance, according to reports. Although the show is not 
satisfactory the Fair is said to be in no position to make a settlement as 
no other attraction tor the California auditorium is in sight 

'Follies' had been given in two sections, one called Hie World of Tbday* 
and the other 'The World of Tomorrow.' Each called, tor a sepaiate 
admission, with a night top of $1.10, tor each halt revue. After the first 
part Iiad been played, performance taking two hours, the house emptied, 
the second part going on when a fresh audience became seated. Each part 
was played twice, or tour halves dally. New schedule, governed by Eqiu^ 
rules, calls for condensing the revue into a single performance to be played 
three times dally. 



James Barton returned to the cast of Tobacco Road,' at the Forrest 
N. Y., Monday (6), replacing Eddie Garr. Latter went into the drama 
several months ago after Barton walked, following controversy with the 
management and fellow players. Charges were filed with Equity by Ann 
Deere, who's in the show. She had been offended by certain language 
she alleged Barton used in addresshig her. Others were peeved at him 
for calling rehearsals which he's said to have attended late and holding 
the curtain.. Barton was reprimanded by Equity. 

Understood that Barton will not have as much leeway backstage as 
formerly. His re-engagement is expected to better the attendance, which 
has dropped, along with other attractions. 'Road' has operated in the 
red of late. Barton's offstage activities include the backing of a semi-pro 
baseball team on Long Island. 



Erin O'Brien Moore, who was severely burned last winter, necessitating 
a long.hospitalizaUon, attended the theatre Saturday (3) afternoon for the 
first time since the accident seeing -The Family Portrait' accompanied by 
a nurse. She wUl visit Jean Dixon at thte latter's country home in New 
England as soon as permitted by her physician. 

Miss Moore has received a number of offers for summer stock engage- 
ments and expects to make such appearances during July and August, 



were 'Swhig Mikado' (which opeined 
as a WPA show), 'My Heart's in the 
Highlands' (an experimental offering 
taken over by the Guild), the One- 
Act Repertory and Frank Pay's 
'Vaudeville. 

'Vabiety's combined average for 
the season was .842, under Anderkm 
but topping the other daily review- 
ers. It was the fourth consecutive 
year the muggs have wound up in 
the ashcan. Even 'Vabiett's cele- 
brated bookkeeping couldn't cover 
the 64 right and 12 sour steers. As 
customary. Jack Pulaski (Ibee) 'was 
by tar the busiest mtigg, turning his 
higUy trained eye on 44 shows, -with 
rights and 5 wrongs tor an aver- 
age of .886. 



WPA Unions 



(Continued from page 40) 



been denied by Paul Edwards, local 
administrator. 



Washington, Jime 6. 

Dissatisfaction over general con- 
duct of the Federal Theatre Project 
reached Its peak yesterday (Mon- 
day) before the House Appropria- 
tions Committee, 

Probability that Congress will In- 
sist on local sponsors divvying tha 
cost ot° each project with the gov- 
ernment—thus cutthig off the supply 
of 100% Federal gravy— became • 
major threat to continuance of the 
program, as solons listened to • 
committee investigator's charges of 
widespread waste in the New York 
theatre project Only remaining life- 
lines for 'WPA-sponsored shows in 
Manhattan appeared t* be Mayor La 
Guardia and the Administration. 

Actors were literally simbumed by 
surplus lighti ng e quipment used In 
the current FTP attraction, 'Sing 
for Your Supper,' according to Ralph 
Burton, ace Investigator tor the 
committee, which is now probing 
WPA acUvlUes. Although 7,000 feet 
of lighting cable was available, 9,000 
additional feet were purchased and 
installed, Burton declared. The avail- 
ably cable was not used, but heat 
from tiie new equipment made 'the 
stage so hot it sunburned the actors,' 
he added. 

Hinting at graft among N. Y. the- 
atre project officials, the commit- 
tee sleuth disclosed that one piece 
of equipment which could have been 
bought for $50 was 'rented tor seven 
weeks at $100 a week.' A. a Fedor, 
technical advisor on equipment end 
lighting for the city project was 
chiefly responsible for the waste, 
Burton declared. 

In one instance, the committee was 
told, tour spotlights which 'cannot 
be used' were purchased at $1,000 
each. In aiMther case workers in- 
formed Burton that Fedor refused to 
employ an electrician because he 
would not buy equipment from • 
certain lighting company. 



Charges before the House- investi* 
gating committee that Federal Thea- 
tre production costs in New York 
had been excessive were denied 
yesterday (Tuesday) by Paul 
Edwards, local Federal Arts Projects 
administrator. He contradicted testi- 
mony that tour spotlights had been 
bought by Abe Feder tor $1,000 each. 



ERNEST G. ROLLS 

Praaenta 

VIOLET CARLSON 

AS THE STAR 
of hia Nawaat SenaaUonal HU Show 
Tha Famoua _ 
IX>NI>OK CASINO KEV|!K ^ 
Hsw Flnjiiu Hla Hajeaty'a TliMtr*. 
BlauBoiinw. Anatntlla 



Wednesday, Jane 7, 1939 



UBGnHMATE GROSSES 



VARIETV 



43 



'Children Orphaned by Barrymore 
IHness; Tever' Up, IMoney Opens 



Chicago, June 6. 
Two new shows in town, 'One for 
the Money* opened at the Harris 
last night (Monday), moving in on 
quick notice alter closing its New 
York run. On Suuiday night (4) the 
second of the stock series at 
the Civic theittre got underway with 
I^garet Wycberly playing the lead 

iFrevival of '13th Chair'. 

'My Dear Children', which had 
clicked at' the b. o., took a blow b6- 
low the belt last week when the cur> 
tain failed to ring up Tuesday night 
(30) due to the sudden illness of 
John Barrymore. However, the play 
resumed last night (Monday), wiw 
Barrymore back. 

Federal Theatre Project opens 'As 
You Like It' at the Blackstone on 
Thursday (8) as the third and final 
of its Shakespearean series, which 
has proven a winner. 'Like It' runs 
three weeks at the Blackstone, then 
shifts to the U. of Chicago for two 
performances. 

Estimates for Last Week 

•My Dear ChUdrcn', Selwyn (4th 
week) (1,000; $2.75). Only one per- 
formance (Monday) last week, and 
that drew a nifty $1,750. Show re- 
sumed last night (Monday). 
Revival 

•Petticoat Fever', Civic (3d-flnal 
week) (800; $1.65. With Guy Rob- 
ertson in lead, revival of comedy had 
fair stay and wound up final session 
to profitable $5,000. 

TMAT Election 
June 12 Brews 
A Bitter Fight 



Election of officers for the The- 
atrical Managers, Agents and Treas- 
urers union will be held Monday 
(12) and as the date approaches, 
campaigning for the regular and in- 
dependent or opposition tickets in- 
creases. More circulars are being 
sent out, in addition to letters signed 
by several candidates individually. 

Most recent circular. In support of 
the present administration which is 
up. for re-election, was Issued by the 
^ress agents group number one,' 
composed of road or advance men as 
differentiated from the Broadway 
p.a.'s. Appeal is principally to out 
of town members who are reminded 
that the group consists of .agents 
'who have been visiting your city for 
years — men whom you know, and 
who know you, and who want to see 
that your interests are protected as 
well as their own.* 

Broadway pji.'s and the road 
agents chapters are sharply divided, 
the dispute being centered on the 
so-called multiple job issue. It is 
contended that the New Yorkers 
seek to perpetuate 'certain special 
privileges which they now enjoy in 
violation of the cardinal union prin- 
ciple of one job to one person,' as 
long as any feUow members are un- 
employed. Alleged that the inde- 
pendents are using 'expensive open 
p-.-opaganda, marked by violent per- 
sonal '.abuse, bitter invective and 
gross distortion of facts and by re- 
sort to a vicious whispering cam< 
paign.' 

The mulUple job issue apparently 
doesn't impress others as much as 
the road agents. Several of Broad 
way's leading agents have been hand 
ling more than one show, but are 
required to engage assistants, some 
of whom are said to receive better 
salary in such berths than before the 
p.a.'s banded together. 

One of the personal letters, sent 
out by William Fields, indie candi- 
d<>»e for vice-presidency, is much 
more moderately phrased. Saying: 'I 
wiU try to spare you the extrava- 
gance of expression that seems to 
a fixture in political statements,' 
then explained that he accepted the 
nomination 'because I believe whole- 
heartedly in the ticket on which I 
am running and in the firm belief 
that there is a necessity for a change 
in the present administration of our 
affairs.' 

Secondary issue is that of a pro- 
posed constitutional change which 
would reduce the quorum from 101 
to 65 members present Opponents 
of the amendment say that if. the 
smaller quorum were permitted it 
might place the whole union at the 
'mercy* of 'a small I'ew York 
crowd.' 



'Streets Paris' Nifty 
lOG, 5 Shows, in Hub 

Boston, June 6. 
'Streets of Paris', the new Shubert- 
Olsen-Johnson revue - aimed at 
World's Fair Trade in New York, 

gabbed good money in first five per- 
rmances last week. 
'Yokel Boy', new Lew Brown 
musical. Is booked for June 10 preem, 
and Federal Theatre has announced 
Ttial of Dr. Beck* for the 20tb. Noth- 
ing else slated for the near future. 
Estimate For Last Week 
'Streets of Paris', Shubert (1,5M; 
$3.30) — Got good press, With reserva- 
tion that it needed cutting. With no 
opposition, grossed very well. Drew 
about $10,000 for first five shows, 
dandy. 

'AMERiC^WAY' 
QUITS F0R5 
WEEKS 



TThe American Way,' Center, N.Y. 
is among this week's withdrawals, 
but performances are being sus- 
pended, not terminated, Season's 
most costly production is dated to 
resume July 17 and the boxoSioe 
of the Radio City theatre will be 
kept open for advance sale and ex- 
change or redemption of tickets 
cslllne for dates after this week. 

'Way* topped Broadway imtil sev- 
,eral weeks ago and operating 
profits mounted until the slump 
started. Expected upturn is unlikely 
to materialize until schools dose . and 
vacations start and the show man- 
agement decided not to dissipate 
earnings in the interim. 

Patriotic drama produced by Sam 
H. Harris and Max Gordon aver, 
aged $40,000 weekly for the first 10 
weeks. Business was 50% off when 
suspension was ordered. 

Tamlly Portrait' will also dose . at 
the Morosco, N.Y., Saturday (10) 
after playing 14 weeks. Religious 
drama is among . shows which 
dropped the price of tickets and re- 
duced salaries In . an effort to sur- 
vive the slump. Takings were' mod- 
erate at best and last week was esti- 
mated under $4,000. 



the Broadhurst Saturday (3) after 11 
weeks. Rated much superior tiian 
'Swing Mikado,' which started as a 
WPA>.er .and later turned commer- 
cial, the 'Hof version fared well tm- 
til the general slump set In on 
Broadway. It -averaged $14,000 up 
to that time, then eased off. Ex- 
pected to be a draw at the Fair's 
Hall of Music, where it's dated to 
resume June 20. 

The iSrown Danube' stopped at 
the lo^ceum after two and one half 
weeks of lean business. 'Serious play 
came in much too late in the season, 
during which other anti-dictator 
dramas failed to click. 



FAHILT POBTBAIT 

Opened BAarch 8, "39. Opinion 
was divided in rating this drama 
about the family of Christ. 
Watts (Tribune) saw 'a shrewdly 
constructed piece of playwrit- 
ing.' Whipple (World-Telegram) 
described It as 'a picture that 
becomes one of the most mov- 
ing expressions of truth and 
beauty I have ever seen in )he 
theatre.' Atkinson (Times') 
deemed it .'an idea only .great 
writers can hope to translate... 
Mr. and Iilrs. Cowen are not that 
creative.' Anderson (Journal) 
wrote, 'it lacks deep feeling and 
imagination.' Variety (Xbee) 
said, 'doesn't impress as being 
dramatic enough.' 



"The Boys' from Syracuse' ends its 
engagement at the Alvln, N. Y., Sat- 
urday (10) after 29 weeks, Musical 
operated profitably until about a 
month ago, when (he scale was cut, 
after which expenses were revised 
downward. During the winter 
weekly tekings bettered $26,000, but 
recently the pace dropped to around 
the $10,000 level. 



HOTS FBOM STBACCSE 
Opened Nov. 23. '38. Critics 
were unanimous in praising the 
(Seorge Abbott-Rodgers and 
Hart musical. Atkinson (Times) 
termed it 'a beautiful feast of 
rollicking mummery.' Winchell 
(Mirror) 'breathlessly recom- 
mended.' Anderson (Journal ) 
wrote 'one of the town's indis- 
.pensable amusements.' Whipple 
(World-Telegram) saw the en- 
try 'as the grentest musical com- 
edy of its time.' Vabibty (Abel) 
thought it 'highly palatable mu- 
sical fare.' 



Toffies' Paces 
Frisco, $16,000; 
1[iss Boys Out 



San Francisco, June 6. 
The much-doctored 'Zlegfeld Fol- 
lies' managed to get top biz among 
the flesh shows in town or on 
Treasure Island last week. 'Caval- 
cade of Golden West,' the big out- 
door expo show, was next Both, 
shows improved coincidentally 'with 
increased expo biz. 'Follies' show, 
however, is lagging way behind 
'Folies Bergere,' which exited a few 
weeks ago, from the California Audi- 
torium. 

'Kiss Boys Goodbye' ended its 
three-week stay at the Geary Satur- 
day (3). 'Two a Day,' the Federal 
Theatre Project offering at the 
Alcazar, is a hit and looks set for a 
long run. 

Estimates tor Last Week 
'Kiss Boya .Geadbye,' Geary (3d- 
final week) (1,550; $2.75). Posting of 
closing notice and Memorial Day 
matinee held take at about $7,000. 
House goes dark until 'William Tell,' 
with the Continental Players, comes 
here latter part of month. 

TBBASCBE ISLAND 
'Cavalcade «f Golden West,' Caval- 
cade (14th week) (5,000; ^1:10). Per- 
feet weather and four big days re- 
sponsible for hefty .$15,000. 

•Ziecfcid FeUles,' California Audi- 
torium (2d week) (3,300; $L10). 'Fol- 
lies'. given a big play the first part of 
last week. However, a letdown set' in 
after Memorial Day. Take for week 
came to $16:000 for 24 performances, 

WPA 

. Two -a Day,* Alcazar (3d week) 
(1,259; $1.10). Cavalcade of vaude- 
ville a worthy succe ssor to 'Run 
Ll'l Chillun,' previous FTP offering 
at the Alcazar. Doing gooU biz. 



Although it's booked for the New 
York World's Fair, 'The Hot Mikado' 
ended its Broadway engagement at 



Hampden-Town' Okay 
4G in Ma^wood finale 

Maplewood, N. J., June 6. 

The Maplewood theatre closed its 
doors last week, after a 46-week 
season, with Walter Hampden In 
'Our Town.* Excellent nonces and 
good houses brought over $4,000 for 
the five-day engagement, starting 
Tuesday (30), one of the theatre's 
best grosses in recent months. 

The Maplewood Is dark until the 
Federal Theatre Project's 'Pinoc- 
chio' comes in week of June 19. 



Heat Another Factor in Slump Biz 
On B way as 5 More Shows Quit; 
Even W 27a Drop 



A heat wave the first three days 
last week delivered aiother wallop 
to Broadway. Previously one or two 
sock shows were able to reach capac- 
ity, -even in face of the slump, but 
none did stf last week. In addition, 
there were more ' low gross marks. 
Result was that five more shows 
dropped out, or are about to do so. 
Two were yanked Saturday (3) and 
at least three will depart this week- 
end, one, however, suspending for 
five weeks. Coming week's list will 
total not more than 12 shows, one 
new attraction being due. 

Weather has been an important 
factor in the seasonal decline. There 
has been comparatively little rain 
since the opening of the Fair, but 
the latter alone aid not benefit, for 
there was a rush to the country and 
the beaches. Showmen figured that 
rain would help the theatre. 

The leading 'Hellzapoppin' drew, 
standee business on IMemorial Day 
afternoon, when business was bad 
generally, but it eased off at night 
and the week's takings were under 
the previous average, approximating 
$27,000. Drama leader. The Phila- 
delphia Story,' edged off from its 
sellout pace, being quoted under $22,- 
000. Four or five other shows, while 
affected, turned in quite profitable 
statements, however. 

Notable in this week's withdrawals 
is "The American Way,' which plans 
to resume. July 17 at the Center. "The 
Bovs from Syracuse' quits the Alvln 
and 'Family Portrait' closes -at the 
Morosco. Added folds last week 
were 'The Brown Danube,' Lyceum, 
and "Hot Mikado,' Broadhurst, but 
the latter show is slated to relight 
shortly at the Fair. 

'Streets of Paris' comes to the 
Broadhurst next week. Musical has 
gotten favorable reports in -Boi^on. 
Esllmatca for Last Week 

'Abe LfaioalD In Illinois,' Plymouth 
(34th week) (D-1,036; $3.30). One of 
best money-getters, but did not 
escape .drop mostly because of heat 
first three'days last week; $14,000. 

•Boys from Syracasc,' Alvln (29th 
week (M-1,325; $3.30. Final week; 
was expected to weather the sum- 
mer: with other good things, last 
week was new low; under $10,(M)0. 

Family Portrait,' Morosco (14th 
week) (D:691; $2.20). Final week; 
despite good press break, business 
Umited; around $4,000. 

•Hellzapoppin',' Winter Garden 
(29th week) (R-1,671; S3.30). Every- 
thing affected last week and no ex- 
ception here; but $27,000, plenty 
profitable for Broadway leader. ' 

'Hot Mikado,' Broadhurst Closed 
Saturday (3); played 11 weeks; with 

groductlon further built up. it's due 
) relight at HaU of Music at the 
N. Y. World's Fair in about two 
weeks; did well for a time, then 
slumped. 

1 Must Love Someone,* Vanderbilt 
(leth week) (C-800; $3.30). Claims 
to be holding its own, one of few 
shows doing so, but grosses modest; 
around $6,000, okay for operation, 
but plenty in red. 

•Leave It «• Me,' Imperial (31st 
week) (M-1,468; $4.40). Though off 
former musical leader should span 
summer; last week estimated at $16,- 
000. 

•No Time for Comedy,' Barrymore 
(8th week) (CD-I,096; $3.30). Eased 
off again, but up with the better 



Migees' UTin. TelT Dives m L A.; 
rHkfle' Big mOOO; 'Road' OK 8G 



Los Angeles, June 6. 
While business at both Philhar- 
monic auditorium and BUtmore was 
hefty, 'William Tell,' presented by 
The Continental Players, European 
refugees, at the El C^pitanr Holly- 
wood, was dismal. Venture was os- 
tensibly sponsored by prominent 
names in film Industry, but after 
opening night, 'when a gala crowd 
attended, biz dropped to aunost noth- 
ing. 

Fifty performers and half as many 
house attaches were left high and 
dry. for .salaries, with Boris (^arsky 
holding frequent huddles with mon- 
ied 'interests in hope of raising suffi- 
cient cash to move outfit to San 
Francisco where it's booked to open 
Monday (12). 

Henry Duffy's 'Mrs. Lincoln' at 
Wilshire-Ebell folded after six nights 
and three matinees. 

Estimates tor Last Week 

•Tbe Cat and the Fiddle', Philhar- 
monic Auditorium (M-2,700; $2.20). 
Caught on and aided by holiday biz 
piled up better than $^,000. Oper- 
etta for fourth (final) week (cur- 
rent) is 'Gypsy Baron,' starring John 
Charles Thomas. 

'Tobacco Road*, Biltmore (2d 



week) (D-1.6S4; 150). Piled up 
another okay $8,(K)0 on second week. 
Marking its 18th stanza in town 
over two seasons. Has one more to 
go. 

'William Tell', El Capitan, Holly- 
wood (D-1,S60; $2.20). European 
refugees folded their English presen- 
tation of European drama after week 
and half, mostly under sponsorship. 
Attendance after $5.50 premiere fell 
brutally with nightly grosses running 
around $50 and $60 for total take of 
around $1,000. Future of venture tm- 
certaln. 

'M.-s. Lincoln'. Wilshire-Ebell 
(D-1,294; $1.65). Folded after single 
week doing less than $2,000. Henry 
Duffy produced, featuring Dale Win- 
ter (Mrs. Duffy) with balance of 
cast mostly students. 

WPA 

•Run Lll ChllioD,' Hollywood Play- 
house. Winds up June 10, ending 
48th week in Los Angeles. All-Negro 
musical playing on summer schedule 
with performances only Thursday, 
Friday and Saturday nights last week 
and this. Take last week slim $400. 

'The Bic Blow,' Mayan. Only two 
performances last week; Friday (2) 
and Saturday nights (3). $150. ' 



offerings an^ turned excellent profit; 
$17,000. 

The Amerioaa Way,* Center (20th 
week) <D-3,433; $3.30). Plenty af- 
fected after leading Broadway for 
some time; last, week around '$19,000; 
lays off Saturday for five weeks; re- 
lights July 17. 

•The LftUe Fmcs*, NaUonal (17th 
week) (D-1,164; $3."')). Dramatic 
standout also was socked last week 
but turned in total around $14,000, 
still quite profitable. 

•Tbe PhllodelphU Story,.' Shubert 
(11th week) fC-l,3S7; $3.30). Even 
straight-show leader was hit .at some 
performances; takings -quoted slight- 
ly under $22,000. 

The Brown Danabe,' Lyceum. 
Stopped Saturday- (3); had little 
chance with its late season entry; 
played two and one-half weeks. 

Tobaeoo Boad,' Forrest (287th 
week) (D-1,107; $1.65). Lead role 
again changed with James Barton 
back, replachig Eddie (3arr; current- 
ly getting low marks of its engajee- 
ment; under $3,000. 

'What a Life,* Mansfield (60th 
week) (C-1,059; .$3.30). Has been 

tetting by with cut rates; around 
3,500 last week. 

BEVIVAL 
'Ontward Baud,* Playhouse (25th 
week) (D-873: $3.30). Has beea 
averaging $6,000, but slipped nnder 
that last week; slated to stick into 
August however. 

ADDED 

ttaa and Needleai* Labor Stage 
(79th week). Comparatively -better 
than other attractions, but needs 
little to operate profitably; -aroim'd 
$4,500.. " 

WPA 

■ Ufe and Death at , American,* 

EUiot 

•Sing for Tew Sgnxr,' AdelphL 
TfaMecUo,* Ritz. 



KOSE-HARIE' CUCKS IN 
ST. L ALFRED BOW 



St Louis, June 6. . 
With $200,000 worth of improve- 
ments near]^ completed, 21st sea- 
son of al fresco entertahmient In 
the Forest Bark 10,000-seat play- 
house conducted by the Municipal 
Theatre -Assn., get under way Frl«uy 
(2) with 'Rose Marie.' Despite 
threats of rain, gross was about $5,- 
000 for the opener. Nancy McCord, 
fave of several seasons, and Lansing 
Hatfield, .a newcomer, dicked -as the 
leads. Lester Allen, diminutive 
comedian, also making his . bow, 
cUcked along with Robert Chisholm, 
another new face, and Norma Cello, 
dancer. 

'Rose Marie' runs for 10 nights; 
Rest of sked wlU be Umited to seven 
performances. First local 'showing 
of 'Queen High' begins Monday (12). 



Jackson Woolley, Eleanor Cougb- 
ron, William Cope, Ruth McCormIck, 
Arthur Davison, J. P. Cahn, Alfred 
Anderson, Marquette (Mich.) Sum- 
mer theatre (regular company). 

Ralph Holmes, Phil Silvers, Almira 
Sessions, 'Yokel Boy.' 

Mary Hopper, Muriel Pearce, 
Wyman Pendleton, Edward Gilmore, 
Diana Cheswick, Rodney Creede, A. 
Berton Enion, William Pond, Paul 
Bedford, Thomas Murray. Patricia 
Jameson, Barbara Ketchum, Robert 
Ferry, Robert C. Currier, Garrlck 
players,' Kennebunkport Me. (regu- 
lar company). 

Charles Kullman. The Yeomen of 
the Guard,* Central City, CoL 

Saralle Bodg^ Frank Evans, CSiris- 
topher King, John Hannan, James 
McNeil, Richard Warren, 'Virgil 
Scardins, Marion Haase, Helen John- 
son, Iris Gabrlelle, Elizabeth Cox, 
Leonard Altobell, Rochester Summer 
theatre. East Avon, N. Y. (regular 
company). 

Robert Elwyn, Velma Royton, 
Richard Bowler, Edith Gresham, 
Donald McHenry, Hilargaret Randall, 
John Barrare, Betty Malleck, Peter 
Adams, Dorothy Berry, Robert 
Whitehead, Woodstock (N. Y.) play- 
house (regular company). 

Viola Blakeley. John Oliver, Casey 
Walters, Helen Walker, Don Glenn, 
Almera Carroll, David Koser, Fred 
Cornell, Red Barn theatre, Westboro, 
Mass. (regular company). 

Zamah Cunningham, Ernest Wood- 
ward, Gordon Alderman, Dorothy 
Neumann. Helen Marcy. Vanguard 
nlayers. Red Bam theatre, locust 
Valley. L. 1 

Frances Bavler. William White- 
head, Grace Matthews, Julie Grant, 
Hale Norcross, Kendall Clark, North 
Shore players, Marblehsad, Mass; 
(resii'ar company). 



44 VARIETY 



UTERATI 



1 

Wednesday, Jane 7, 1939 



(3) at Newport, R. I. Former mem- 
ber ot the staff of Harper's Bazaar 
and a contributor to that periodical 
for over 40 years, Miss French also 
wrote for other mags and authored 
a number of books. Survived by 
four nieces. 

Ba'ndall E. Howe, 46, president of 
the Howe Printing Co. and editor of 
the weekly Rlpon 'Wis.) Press, died 
June 2 at his home In Ripon, Wis. 

Edith Lombard Sqdires, 55, widely' 
published poetess, died Friday '(2) at 
her home In Richmond, Va. Her 
poems had appeared in numerous 
mags and newspapers, and published 
in book form. Husband, four sons 
and a daughter survive. 



CoL Asks Suit Dismissal 



(Continued from page 4) 



CHATTEB 

Nora Wain has gone abroad. 
Daughter to the Ring Lardners. 
Jose Galvez, the Spanish poet^ 
In NIY. 

Ralph Pulitzer hospitalized In 
N. Y. 

Peadar ODonnell, the Irish novel- 
ist, over here to lecture. 

Joseph Laurance Marx has sold 
another story to Cosmopolitan, ' 

Ross Williams, <>f the Vogue staff, 
the bride of Frank Eliot Sweetser. 

Newspaper Women's Club hosting 
Hedda Hopper In Washington June 
21. 

Baynard Kendrlck in from Hart- 
ford with several, chapters of a new 
book. 

Crelghton Peet has signed a con- 
tract with Holt for a book on house 
building. 

Alan Anderson, of Farrar 8c Rine- 
hart,. weda Sarah Morris Benjamin 
on June 17. 

Isobel Donald, the literary agent, 
off for 10 weeks in Europe oh a hunt 
for .materlaL . 

Waldo Frank In Mexico to gather 
material for The Nation and Foreign 
Affairs pieces. 

Appleton-Century publishing soon 
novels b^SaUy Gibbs and by her 
daSTGeorge' GlBBs,'^ ■ 

Virgil Thompson has delivered to 
Morrow the manuscript of a new 
book on composers. ' 

Charle? Biltt In N. Y. from Tucson 
tor a gander at the Fair and talks 
with, the mag editors. 

Piibilication. ot Vincent Sheean's 
"Not Peace But a Sword' postponed 
again, this time to July 28. 

Lee Shippey, t,he Coast columnist, 
has delivered a new novel to his 
publisher, Houghton Miflnin. 

Ken Crossen,' former associate 
editor for Munsey, off for the Virgin 
Islands to spend a year at writing. 

Hugh C. McVIcker has retired after 
SO years as night telegraph editor 
of the Lincoln (Neb.) Star Journal. 

Ben Ames Williams the sort of a 
scribbler who does a. mere 225,000 
words as the first draft of a new 
novel. ■ 

Dr. Solomon Grasrzel named edl 
tor tor the Jewish Publication So 
dety, succeeding the late Dr. Isaac 
Huslk. 

July selection of .the Literary 
Guild Is £dward J. O'Brien's The 
50 Best American Short Stories: 
1915-1930.' 



See ^Consenf 



(Continued from page 3) 



sponsible for the delays, by failing 
to give all the particulars. 

Donovan was the first speaker, and 
his Introductory statement told the 
court that the bill which had been 
furnished the majors was so inade- 
quate as to be no better than no bill 
at all, and that the majors were in 
the same position now as to what 
they had to defehdi as they were 
before. 

He demanded specific particulars 
as to the duration of the violations, 
the names of the participants, the 
particulars of the alleged agree-' 
ments - and .tmderstandings, and a 
definition of terms. - 

Donovan's " main complaint was 
that the bill of particulars Invariably 
stated that the violations began 
somewhere between' 1918-1930. It's 
an old complaint-^the necessity of 
looking through thousands of docu- 
ments to find violations was ad- 
vanced. In rebuttal, Williams statisd 
that the Government is basing a large 
part of Its case on circumstantial evi- 
dence, and has no knowledge of the 
exact time, the agreements started, 
but hopes to prove through the re- 
s;ult3 .that, a monopoly .ia In effect, 
and that It connhenced some time In 
the years mentioned.' 

Donovan then ^ declared that the 
Government either knew what it was 
talking about, or should not have 
brought the . action until it did. 

Thomas D. Thatcher then took up 
the attack on Article 8, particulars 
of which were furnished a week ago. 
He cited the 65 cases mentioned 
there, and protested that unless the 
U. S. was blocked from. adding oth- 
ers the defendants . would never' 
know when the limit was reached. 
Williams satisfied him on this point 
by declaring that the 55 were all 
the U. S. has at the moment, except 
those in which the persons involved 
had asked that their names not be 
given at the present, time. , . 

Williams took up the defiense and 
cited several cases notably, one of 
supreme Court Justice .Stone, to 
show that a further bill is linneces- 
sary. The Assistant Attorney Qen- 
eral continued t>y declaring that he 
does not have personal knowledge of 
the affairs ot the compaioies, and that 
they know far better than he ot the 
violations they are guilty ot He re- 
peated 'his statement ot a cps^ built 
on circumstantial evidence, and de- 
clared that it Judge Bondy granted 
the application of the majors he 
would have to subpoeca the files ot 
e^ch company and go through them 
to give them information they al- 
ready have. The majority ot the 
U. S, case, is built on previous ac- 
tions,' and on ' records ot the com- 
panies, declared Willl9ms. 

Williams stated that ha realized 
Uiat events might have forced the 
majors into a monopoly through cut- 
throat competition, but under the 
anti-trust laws even a 'benevolent 
monopoly* is not allowed, he said. 
. Donovan closed with his rebuttal, 
and Judge Bondy reserved, decision 
with the promise of an early ruling. 



Pace Milquetoast's Belativeg 

Ken, now a weekly at lOc, which 
started as a monthly at a quarter, 
made one of the biggest gains in 
circulation of any not wholly picture 
mag, in the periodical world, of the 
last two years. However, Ken, 
aimed at the isms, has been up 
against a peculiar proposition as re- 
gards advertising, which, may be 
compared, in radio, to the position 
of Boake Cai;ter, with one of the 
greatest ot audiences. Carter went 

. out, partly, because advertisers fear 
to harm themselves because of asso- 
ciation with an argument arousing 
mag or person against various blocs. 

As. tQ Ken, advertisers may agree 
with the stand taken by the mag, 
really agaihst un-American activi- 
ties, and' the dictators, almost 'echo- 
ing FJJ.R, but, as advertisers, they 
figure it is safer to be neutral So 

. Ken, as a monthly, so far has not 
been' able to swing the advertising 
to go with size and circulation. This, 
say agency circles, is what a mag 

. of controversy creates — and that na- 
tional advertisers are all relatives of 
Milquetdast 

Writers Bold a Congress 

Three-day American Writers Con- 
gress in N. Y., which concluded Sun- 
'day (4), saw writers sound militant 
call against fascism, hold up radio 
and the; documentary film as power- 
ful new creative forces tor the scrib- 
bler, and agreement that assemblage 
' of literary iexiles in N; Y. has made 
the metropolis the cultural center .of 
the world.. 

In round-table discussion on major 
fields ot writing, "new Intelligence' 
was seen in films, with 'fight on on 
the part of the writers tor the pos- 
session of the film as a medium of 
education.' 

Congress, held under the auspices 
of the League ot American Writers, 
voted : collaboration with similar or- 
ganizations .in North and South 
America into a Pan-American Lea- 
° gue' ot "Writers. Resolution favored 
creation- ot :an annual prize for best 
radio writing of the year, similar to 
Pulitzer - awards in .other fields ot 
writing. 

Donald Ogden Stewart re-elected 
prez ot the League, and. Thomas 
Mann honorary prez.- Other officers 
elected are Van Wyck Brooks, Louis 
Bromfield, Malcolm Cowley, Lang- 
■ton Hughes, ErBest—Hemlngway> 
Vincent Sheeah, Dorothy Canfield 
Fisher, George Seldes, Upton Sin- 
clair and . John Steinbeck, vice- 
presidents; Franklin Folsom, exec 
cec; Jerome . E. Brooks, treasurer, 
and Rolfe Humphries, sec. 

Press Fead In Twin .Cities 

One ot the most 'beUttlln" mailing 
pieces ever gotten up by one rag 
against another popped out in the 
Twin (Minneapolls-St. Paul) Cities 
Thursday (1), when The Minneap- 
olis Tribune practically declared 
open wartare against the Minne- 
apolis Star. 

Decorating the left-hand side ot 
the 24x18" inside spread ot the TrU 
bune's 4-page' folder was a reproduc- 
tion of the Star's May 24 front page. 
Red arrows pointed to two headline^, 
the 8-col.. banner line: 'Governor, 
King Shake Hands at Winnipeg'; and 
a S-coL head: 'ALL ON 'SUB' 
ALIVEl' On the opposite, right- 
hand, page of the folder, the Trlb 
reproduced its. own front page with 
Its McCoy heads: 'Mix-Up Keeps 
Stassen From Royal Reception; and 
*33 Saved From Sunken Sub; Other 
26 Given Up As Dead.' 

Above the Star's reproduced front 
page runs this legend: 'It This Is the 
New Stream-lined Editorial Tech- 
nique,.. .' (and over the Trib's 
front page, this legend. In red type) 
. *We11 SUck to the Oldl' 

At the bottom 'Qt the folder ap- 
pears: The Minneapolis Tribune be- 
lieves that the first obligation of a 
newspaper to Its readers Is accu- 
racy in reporting the news.' 

The back panel reprints a clipping 
quoting Dr. George Gallup: "The 
.Minneapolis Star is A DECADE 
AHEAD.; Comments the Trlb: 'May- 
be the Doctor is right. The Star 
was certainly a decade aheail when 
It told its readers that all the 'men 
aboard the sunken submarine Squa- 
lus were safe. The Star was certainly 
• decade, and then some, ahead 
when in the same issue it told its 
readers how (Governor Stassen shook 
hands with the King in Winnipeg.' 

Sbrgaret Mit«heU's Fntare 

Ever since 'Gone With the Wind' 
Jujoppcd into the class ot literary 
phenomenons, rumors have been rife 
as to the writing future of its author, 
Margaret Mitchell. Reports have 
ranged all the way from the allega- 
tion that .she will forego any more 
ccrjEbbllng a's the result of the stren- 
uous task on her notable book, to the 



assertion that she has almost com- 
pleted a sequel. 

Truth is that since the first appear- 
ance of G.W.T.W. early in 1936, 
author 'has been living in such a 
whirlwind that she's done no writing 
ot any kind except letters, and could 
have done no writing even if her 
life had depended on it. v 

Statement is hers, and she points 
out writing requires at least at little 
leisure and in past three years she's 
had less than no leisure at all. With 
all the work, correspondence and 
business responsibilities brought on 
by the book's wide sale, writing has 
been out of the question, she adds. 

As to the future, she declares she's 
willing to let the future take care of 
itself. "What she'll do when her lUe 
settles back into its normal channels 
and she has a little uninterrupted' 
time, she honestly doesn't know. Her 
decision as to any future writing will 
have to wait until that time arrives 
— 'happy' time is the way she puts it 



W. IT. Cramped His Style 

A pout at Western Union is caus- 
ing Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., to file 
his 1,200 word daily syndicated col- 
umn to some. 75 American dailies via 
Postal Telegraph. It started last last 
week when the writer wired Major- 
General Moseley, testifying before the 
Dies un-American activities commit- 
tee, that he (Vanderbilt) thought 
Moseley was a duijnbbell, or some- 
thing along those lines. After hold- 
ing up the wire, to which Vanderbilt 
had signed with his full name, W. U. 
attorneys informed him . that they 
thought it might subject them to 
libel, hence they didn't transmit ^e 
wire. 

Vanderbilt sailed Saturday (3) for 
Danzig, by way of Sweden, and 
thence to Moscow, for Liberty mag, 
with whom he's contracted. The 
mag expects some political fireworks 
in these zones,, hence the assign- 
ments. Vanderbilt says he will also 
use Postal cable service from abroad, 
rather than Western Union, because 
of the sanife reason. 



'Elsapoppin" Cemie' Strip 
Olsen and Johnson,- who' have as- 
sumed a nimiber of extraneous ac- 
tivities since scoring In 'Hellzapop- 
pin', Wmter Garden; N. Y., have 
added a comic strip which will be 
syiidicated by Hearst's King Fea- 
tures. It is. the first ilew comic ac- 
cepted by the publisher in some 
time. 

Strip will be called 'Elsapopphi',' 
based on girl character namcid Elsa. 
Arrangement calls tor the comics 
supplying, the artist and the team 
wUl write' the material . Syndica- 
Uon will be 60-50. 



Mascnllnlty Thins Oat - 

For Men, the Fawcett mag, quits 
with ita next issue, out next week, 
marking the demise of the last of the 
host of periodicals that followed, in 
the wake of Esquire. Startiiig out as 
For Men 0,qly, pub., shortened its 
title to For Men some months ago. 
Edited since its inception by Fred 
Feldkarop, who stays on with, the 
Fawcett organization for the time 
being. 

Among the strictly men's mags 
that came into being following Es- 
quire were, in addition to For Men, 
Mr., Man About Town, Stag, ete. 
Careers of most of them were briet 

$25«,eM Libel Salt 

Martin L. Sweeney, Ohio repre- 
sentative in the House of Represen- 
tatives, filed a $250,000 libel action 
In N. Y. federal court Monday (5) 
against United Features Syndicate, 
Inc, 

Sweeney claims he. was accused of 
racial prejudice against Jews in the 
Dec. 23, 1938, Issue of 'Washington 
Daily M6rry-Go-Round,' syndicated 
column by Drew Pearson and Rob- 
ert Allen. 



LITEBATI OBITS 
Wilbur Wehster jodd, 71, music 
and drama critic of the St. Paul Dls- 
pateh since 1016; died May 29. Great- 
grandnephew of Noah Webster, he 
was a noted amhteur ornithologist 
and wrote 'Birds of Alba[ny County,' 
Worked on a number of papers in 
New York and Connecticut before 
going to St Paul ' 

William HcKiernan, .66, retired 
night manager of the old N. Y. Her- 
ald, where he had worked for 25 
years, died May 27. Widow, son and 
daughter survive. 

Leonard E. Meyer, 52, organizer 
of the Meyer News Service, died 
May 28 at his home in Milwaukee. 
Meyer worked on the old Milwaukee 
Free Press and the Evening Wiscon- 
sin, serving the game for 34 years. 
Survived by his ' widow, mother, 
three brothers add three sisters. 

^lUle Hamilton French, 85, novelist 
and mag contributor, died Saturday 



stons with leaders In other lines 
which are currently under Govern- 
ment fire. While aides, denied the 
Commerce Department head Is act- 
ing as an Intermediary, the practices 
which the Justice Department wants 
prohibited by the courts were given 
a thorough -discussion. Implied 'go 
and sin no more,' with Hopkins will- 
ing to convey any proposal which 
might serve as the basis for a con- 
sent'decree. 

In view of Justice Department pol- 
icy, the meeting assumed extraordi- 
nary significance. According to re- 
cent pronouncements, tlie law en- 
forcers wlU not dicker with leaders 
ot any trade being attacked in the 
courts. Hopkins, however, is in a 
position to find out how much the 
majors are willing to offer to escape 
the burden, both fthysical an finan- 
cial of fightlni; the D.J.'s plea for 
permanent ' injunction outlawing 
many basic trade practices and upset- 
ting the entire structure. He is ex- 
pected to consult with Prof. Thur- 
man Arnold, assistant attorney gen- 
eral in charge of anti-trust matters, 
and then report back to the film 
tophata. 

Other pressing maLter- also came 
up on the slate for discussions, such 
as: Foreign trade, with ijarticular re- 
gard for the mounting European and 
Ajiatic barriers and the effort to ex- 
pand South American' business; 
block-booking, a vital topic since the 
Senate Interstate Commerce Com- 
mittee has green-lighted the Neely 
bill, and the labor worries. 



Folly, Brooklyn, Su^ 
Rahdforce. and Majors 

The Folly Amus. Holding Co., op- 
erators of the FoUy, Brooklyn, filed 
a federal couft suit In New York 
Friday (2) for $750,000 triple dam- 
ages under the Sherman anti-trust 
act against the - Randforce Amuse- 
ment Corp., Samuel Rinzler, Louis 
Frisch, Loew's, Warner Bros,, 20th- 
Fox, RKO Radio, Paramount, United 
Artists, Universal Columbia, Mono- 
gram and Republic. 

The plaintiff -states that the oppo- 
sition theatres hi his zone are the 
Alba, Rainbow, Commodore and Re- 
public, operated by Randforce; 
Loew's Broadway and the RKO 
Bushwlck. 

The Folly Co. leased the theatre 
from Hyde & Behman for 10 years 
in December, 1933, to be operated by 
Shea Chain, Inc., and run thhd-runs 
plus vaudeville. 

In 1935, Frisch Sc Rhizler (Rand- 
force) aUegedly approached the 
plaintiff and demanded a halt in- 
terest in the theatre for nothing, 
with the threat of destruction of 
business if they did not yield. Folly 
refused and after rejecting an offer 
of Loew's to supply product at an 
exhorbitant rate, it was asserledly 
forced to seek product from inde- 
pendents. In 1935 the company 
made a deal with Sprlnger-Cocalis, 
who formed the Lyric Frolics, inc., 
and took over the management of 
the theatre. 

The latter organization then tried 



to make a deal with Randforce for 
one-half the major product. This 
offer was declined and met with the 
threat of erecting an opposittoa 
house, six blocks from the Folly 
seating 1,800, it a bid ot $30,000 for 
a half interest was declined. Again 
the offer was rejected and Rand- 
force erected the Rainbow theatre 
in October, 1937. 

Through lack of product, the Pol- 
ly closed down from Jtme-Septem- 
ber, 1937, and from May-September, 
1938. After a reopening in Septem- 
ber, 1938,- it was forced. to close per-' 
manently in November, 1938, with a 
loss of $250,000, and a forced dis- 
charge of 200 persons, including mu- 
sicians, ushers, cashiers, electricians, 
stagehands, .actors, porters, etc. 

After being forced to close, Rand- 
force allegedly obtained the theatre 
.for a fraction ot the rental paid by 
the plaintiff, and is keeping it closed 
in order to eliminate competition 
with the Alba and the Rainbow. 



WB'National 



(Continued from page '6) 



best possible programs for the great- 
est possible rietum to both theatre 
and distributor, Skouras noted that 
many excellent pictures are not box- 
office in themselves, thus may be 
found on' duals with others consid- 
ered of' 'A' classification. 

Answering Sears' attack concern- 
ing showmanship, Skouras offered 
figures to show that film rental from 
National amounted to $500,000 for 
Warners in 1932, but on the 1938-39 
season, for the same number of the-' 
afres, it Is $1,500,000. ' 

National head also stated thit a 
two-year contract was entered into 
with WB for the 1937-38 and the 
'1938-39 seasons. 

Areh Bowies' 6|tlnIoii 

San Francisco, June 6. 
In answer .to the statement made- 
by Gradwell Sears, Warner Bros, 
general sales manager, that dicker- 
ing with Fox-West Coast theatres 
over purchase ot WB 1939-40 prod- 
uct had been broken, off because ot 
double billing ita films with other 
full lengUi features, A. M Bowles, 
chief of the . chain's northern Cali- 
fornia division, said that dualing was 
not the issue in negotiations between 
F-WC and WB. Sear» had made a 
published statement that such was 
partly the case. 



B ^wdy-Wwood 



(Continued from page 1) 

missed since Hollywood withdrew 
from legit financing. Some show- 
men have. discounted the benefit ot 
picture coin in backing legit pro- 
duction, but the majority ot man- 
agers ere not in accord with such 
ideas. Re-entry ot the film end is 
largely . credited to younger show- 
men and department heads in the 
New York quarters of the picture 
industry. 

'WhaiiM Wilk' Vote Dae 

DramatlsU Guild council will 
probably vote on the so-called 
'Wharton-Wilk plan* next week. Ac- 
tion will be taken at a special meet- 
ing at a dEtte to be fixed. Several 
other sessions have been held, but 
Sidney R. Fleischer, Guild attorney 
and film sales negotiator, has pre- 
viously been unable to attend and 
explain the legal polnta ot the plan. 

If the council approves, the mat- 
ter will then be submitted to the 
Guild membership. If accepted by 
the members, it would then be sent 
to the League of New York Theatres, 
with whom the Minimum Basic 
Agreement is operative. If the Lea- 
gue approves the amendment, it 
would then be up to ,the Hollywood 
studios to cooperate. While none ot 
the Guild council would predict 
what action the group would take, 
individual members, indicate they 
favor the plan as far as they've con- 
sidered it. 

Under the plan, which was first 
suggested by John Wharton, the- 
atrical attorney, and developed in a 
series of conferences between Jake 
Wllk, of Warners: J. Robert Rubin, 
of Metro; Lulse Sillcox. of the Dra- 
matists Guild, and Fleischer, a 
way would be opened for the return 
of picture companies to Broadway 
financing. According to the plan, 
the backer ot a legit production 
would buy the screen rights to the 
play on a price arrangement set In 
advance. Price would be based on 
the gross from the legit run. 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



CHATTER 



VARIETY 45 



Broadway 



Harry Sherman to Minneapolis. 
Frank Fay readying a turn for the 
Biteries. 

Jean Muir motored to the Coast 
to visit her mother. 

Fred Wehrenberg, St Louis ex- 
hibitor leader, in town. 

Wentwbrth P. Cann back to Bos- 
ton alter a brief N. Y. visit , 

Grad Sears' missus coming' along 
nicely following a recent serious op- 
eration. ^ 

Jacques Grinell in from Europe 
after looking over product situation 
In France. , 

Arthur Lowe, treasurer of the 
Nixon, Pittsburgh, among Broadway 
vacationists. , 

Bill. Watters assistmg Will Yolen 
publicizing DuFour & Rogers Fair 
concessions. 

Jack Osterman at the Atlantic City 
hospital with pneumonia for past 
three weeks. 

Jules Levy is among the natives 
who have gone completely 'tourist' 
over the Fair. ' 

Billy Downsi Loew's theatre exec, 
to the Coast for a month on private 
business and. holiday. 

Sam Dembow, with 15 pounds oft, 
feeling better than ever following a 
recent siege of illness. 

Bill Raynor, many years in thea- 
tre operation but Inactive for some 
time, in a Long Island hospital. 

Eddie Golden, v.p. in charge of 
sales at Monogram, is seeking to 
form an intra-sales force_polo team. 

Sidney ■Whipple, World-Telly 
drama criclc, sails shortly to cover 
the theatre in France and England. 

Zac Friedman, leaves for the. Coast 
by the end of the week, following 
Blae West out, with whom he is how 
associated. 

Connie Immerman, who used to 
own the Cotton Club and Connie's 
Inn, is back at the C.C. now as 
ihaitre d'hote!. 

John Wright managing director of 
the Rivoli, now maintains an icebox, 
with fixings, for visiting firemen and 
Aim salesmen. 

Beniti Collada, El Chico managing 
drector, is also running the Fair's 
Argentine Pavilion restaurant for 
that government 

T. X. Jones, Paramount executive 
at the home office, taken to the hos- 

5iital Thursday night (1), suffering 
rom double penumonia. 
Jules. I<evy is planning a Fair 
affair for the RKO conventioneers 
after the sales sessions at the West- 
chester country club. Rye, N. Y. 

An anti-boxing movement has 
started in Connecticut as result of 
the fiasco between Nathan Mann and 
Al McCoy in Bridgeport recently. 
Charles Siegfertii, former news- 

Eaperman, now freelancing, and Al- 
ert Malangone, ghosting a life of 
Belle Livingstone, speakeasy era 
hostess. 

Tlte Moe Siegels back to the Coast. 
The Republic exec has been on a 
West Indies cruise while the missus 
has been sight-seeing Gotham with 
the kids. 

Gregory Dickson, publicity, direc- 
tor for Samuel Goldwyn since May 
1, resigned and left for a vacation in 
Maine. Plans to return west in about 
six weeks. 

P. L. Palmerton, managing director 
for Western Electric of London, and 
John Riley, chief engine?r there, due 
in New York for home office 
huddles this week. 

Regina Crewe resigned as N. Y. 
Journal-American film reviewer to 
jiurse her husband, Herb Cruikshank, 
who may go to the Coast for his 
health. She plans doing scripting 
there. 

Alex Finn, new International Casi- 
no boss, knows he has a staggering 
nut with the Harry Richman-Milton 
Berle-GeorRe Hale revue, but counts 
on the ballyhoo to build it up for 
the Fair influx. 

Lee Stewart en route to the Coast. 
For many years he was in charge of 
casting at the Warner Brooklyn 
studio which has closed dovyn per- 
manently,: with all WB shorts pro- 
duction moved west 

With four big United Artists shows 
coming up, Monroe Greenthal taking 
his vacation this week, motoring- 
golfing for. 10 days, theiice back to 
the. grind. Lynn Farnol vacationing 
on a week-end schedule. 

Taint so, says Laurltz Melchior, 
that he and Kirsten Flagstad have 
been feuding. Says thej^'re just a 
couple of pals, discrediting stories 
that the Met singers had Iieen at 
sword's points behind the scenes. 

Le Ruban Bleu, above Theodore's, 
remaining open all summer this year. 
.Same reason: the fair influx. Reason 
No; 2: unsettled . conditions abroad, 
hence Herbert Jacoby isn't going to 
Paris this year to reopen the Ruban 
Bleu near the Champs-Ely'sees. 

Steamship lines and foreign travel 
bureaus putting the heat on this 
season to encourage European tour- 
ism, bally-hooing that 'war scares' 
are no more. Took a beating last 
■ year. Besides, both Pairs In U. S. 
this vear will keep 'em home. 

Joe^ Pani, vet restaurateur, who 
built the Castles, Long Beach, for 
Vernon and Irene Castle, and op- 
erated Woodmansten Inn for 22 
years, doing a comeback with an 
East 63d street straight restaurant 
which opened last night (Tues). 

G. W. (Johnny) Johnstone, WOR's 
P.a. and special features chief, re- 
fumed an old spot last Sunday (4) 
in the choir of St John the Divine 



on Morningside Heights and sang 
second bass. Johnstone 25 years ago 
was the choir's top solo boy soprano. 



Paris 



Constance Bennett in town. 
Geraldlne Fitzgerald in from U. S. 
Louise Fazenda in from New York. 
The Philip Barrys at their Cannes 
villa. 

Thornton Wilder browsing in 
Paris. 

Latest American invader is Lew 
Ayres. 

' Richard Tauber concerted at Salle 
Pleyel. 

Father, 84, of French 9ctor Charles 
Vanel, has died. 

Rene Clair's next picture to be 
'Air Pur, Ex-Clarte.' 

Marius Bagger, 84, French com- 
poser and director, dead. 

Fernand Gravet reportedly yearn- 
ing to become a film director. 

French comic Richadel and Andree 
Clairy, music hall luminary, wed. 

Jacques Feyder just completed 'La 
Loi du Nord' ('Law of the North'). 
' New Yorker- Andy Riter, Jr., at 
the Aqibassadeurs as singer and m.c. 

Maurice Chevalier made honorary 
member of Society of Swedish 
artists. 

Jean Renoir just completed Xa 
Regie du Jeu' (The Rules of the 
Game'). 

Charles Boyer expected from 
Hollywood July 22 to begin work on 
'Le Corsaire.' 

Le Francais, dedicated wholly to 
French pictures opens Sept 1. Jack 
Haik is director. 

Work begun on Sacha Gultry's 'lis 
Etaient Neuf Celibataires' (There 
Were Nine Bachelors'). 

Sessue Hayakawa gave Japanese 
panc.e Recital at Archives Inter- 
nationales de la Dance. 
' Leopold Stokowskl will conduct 
Paris Symph here for American Aid 
Society benefit June 16. 

American dancers Jack Holland 
and June Hart in from New York to 
appear at Ambassadeurs. 

E. A. Algazy, Rumahian-born pro- 
ducer, holder of the Croix de Guerre, 
just been given Legion of Honor.' 

British have censored French film, 
'Entente Cordiale,' depicting life of 
Queen Victoria and Edward VII. 

Jeanne d'Arc honpred at Theatre 
de la Passion, Belfort in six-hour 
pageant with 600 actors talcing part. 

Samy Siritzky off to London with 
brother Joe and father Iieon to 
dicker for a new theatre in which to 
project French films. ' 

Paris Opera Comique Co. went to 
Lille for opening of the Belgian 
International Exposition, where it 
gave 'Pelleas et Melisande.' 

Ministry of Finance approved in- 
crease in cinema admission prices in 
France but insists In placing a 'con- 
troUeur' in each showplace. 

French authors Andre Maurols and 
Jules Romains in from New York. 
On same boat were Jan Kiepura and 
Hungarian wife Marta Eggerth. 

Reme Paulet off for South America. 
Will sing French songs for next three 
months in Rio, Sao Paulo and Buenos 
Aires. Plans to go to N. Y. In January. 

South Africa 

By H. Hanson 

Albert Sandler has sailed for Eng- 
land. 

Artur Rubinstein.- the concert 
pianist making South African tour 
for African Consolidated. 

'Drums' (UA) pulled capacity at 
the Colosseum (African Cons. Thea- 
tres), Capetown, for two weeks. 

Wife of Jim Stodel, African Cons. 
Theatres branch manager in Durban, 
presented him with a daughter. 

Megan Taylor, iceskating cham- 
pion, here from England tv visit her 
father, who's in chartre ot the ice 
revue, 'Switzerland.' She's going to 
Australia with the show. - 



Stroadsbnrg, Pa. 

By John J. Bartholomew 



Grand theatre started Sunday mid- 
night shows. 

Time Magazine group meeting at 
Skytop Club June 6-9. 

Joseph Puchta's swing string trio 
opened Saylor's Lake tavern. 

Bernie Whitman's band set for 
summer at DeSanto's Shade-a-Rest 
inn, Pocono Summit 

John White .of Don-Al-Jon Boys, 
strolling unit visited locally. Just 
closed winter season at Lawrence 
Hotel, Erie. Pa. 

. Richard Crooks, Met Opera tenor, 
will summer with his wife at re- 
cently purchased cottage on grounds 
of the Inn, Buck Hill Falls, Pa. 

Margaret Sittig and Fred V. Sittlg, 
concert artists, compjeted a five- 
month tour and are resting at I,ake 
Mohonk Mountain house prior to re- 
turning to their summer home at 
Neola. 

Les Niles' International Band and 
the Paramount Rumba band opened 
The Carmen, Minlslnk Hills, now 
under direction of Freddie Gilotti. 
Show included Prince Orlando, gui- 
tarist; the Singing Troubadour; Jean 
Shrives, tap dancer, and Al Jeanette, 
accordionist 



London 



Tim Whelan leasing villa at Cannes 
for the winter. 

Bing Crosby's brother, Everett in 
town on his honeymoon. 

Barr and Estes booked for next 
Palladium 'Crazy' show, opening in 
September. ' 

Gina Malo joining Repertory Play- 
ers at Playhouse, Oxford, for sum- 
mer season. 

'Perfect Woman,' orighially due at 
the Comedy after tryout laying off; 
to be recast 

Robinson and Martin back after 12 
weeks in Cannes to play fortnight at 
the Savoy hotel. . . 

Ballets Jooss opened their seventh 
season with a return visit to the Old 
Vic to a sock reception. 

Gali-Gall out of the. Grosvenof 
House show ' after four weeks, re- 
placed by Fred Brejiin. 

Phil Brandon, assistant director to 
Monty Banlcs, to South of France for 
couple of weelcs vacation. 

Paul Lukas on the Coni,inent for 
couple of weeks, but returning for 
more picture work in England. 

Alfred Goldstein back with the 
Erich WoUheim office after three 
years with the Whitcomb vaudeville 
agency. . 

. Barry O'Brien . taking over two 
StoU music . halls for the summer, 
and will present plays there with 
guest artists, 

' William Sistrom to do a series of 
.Hugh Clevely's Archer characters 
for RKO in London. First to be 
'Archer Plus 20!. , 

Paul Lukas due for three pictures 
here, one for, G&S Productions, an- 
other for Gabriel Pascal, and a third' 
for George King. 

Florence Desmond gets star role 
with Max MUler in next Warner 
Bros. (London) picture, tentatively 
titled 'Hoot Mon'. 

The Dolinoffs and Raya sisters, in 
from America after 12 .weelcs there, 
return to Broadway in Sept to ap- 
pear in new musical. 

Michael Redgrave and Marie Ney 
to join Roliert Donat and Constance- 
Cummings in next Shakespearean 
season at the Old Vic. 

Greek Players, sponsored by Bri- 
tish Consul, to play short season in 
London, at His Majesty's, opening 
June 19 y/ith 'Electra'. 

Associated British bought 'Spring 
Meeting,' recent Ambassador success, 
now touring the sticks. Picture goes 
into production July 1. 

Lee Ephralm's new musical, star- 
ring Bobby Howes, will be titled 
'Spring Madness,' and will have 
Jerry Verno in the cast 

Clive Brook will be starred in a 
filmization of Robert Morley's play, 
'Goodness, How Sad!,' which recct- 
ly quit the West End after a run. 

Owen Nares off to Italy for vaca- 
tion following lengthy run of 'Rob- 
ert's Wife', in the early fall he goes 
on a provincial tour with the play. 

Romney Brent to be featured in 
'On the Night of the Fire,' which 
Brian Desmond Hurst is directing 
for G&S. Profluction at Denham 
studios, starting May 30. 

'Carroll Levis and His Radio Dis- 
coveries' is picture Grand National 
(London) is doing. Shooting starts 
June 26 at Twickenham Film Stu- 
dios, with Red Davis directing^-. 

Hugh Williams replacing- : John 
Gieldgud In "Dear Octopus,*^ at the 
Queen's. Hugh Sinclair originally 
dickered for but management could 
not get together with him on billing. 

The Granada picture house of 
Slough has instiuted a 'Pavement ot 
Fame,' where film stars will make 
the'ir hand and feet impressions in 
concrete, a la Grauman's Chinese 
theatre, Hollywood. 

Harold Huth, former actor, and 
more recently casting director for 
Metro (London), has been signed by 
Associated British as a director. First 
effort will be remake of French film, 
'Alert In the Mediterranean*. 

Before leaving for Denmark to ap- 
pear in 'Hamlet' at Elsinore, . John 
Gielgud will star in six performances 
of the play at the Lyceum, ringing 
down the curtain on the famous old 
house July 1. The Lyceum is being 
razed. 

Maurice Cowan, editor at Odham's' 
Press, leaves Ijondon for New York 
June 7 eh route to Hollywood on a 
special mission for Lord Southwood, 
world's biggest publisher. His wife 
(formerly X^re Leni) is accon^pany- 
ing him. 



By Herb Golden 



Dan Katlin, of Lansdale, a vLsitor, 
Dolores O'Neill chirping again on 
WCAU. 

Likker license has been granted to 
the Showmen's Club. 

Alan Scott to cover National Open 
golf this week for WCAU. 

Variety Club on summer sked,' 
open only to midnight except on 
Saturdays. 

Helen Bauder, sec to Charley 
Baines, Metro booker, weds June 23. 
She'll live in Boston. 

Louis Blaustein, National Screen, 
out of the hosp after week's treat- 
ment for eye trouble. 

Sherry Lee " dbmmuting between 
the Clrclon Club, Easton, and KYW 
here for her chirp' sessions. 

Tony D'Aquila has quit the Jam 



Session to pound the keys and ar- 
range for Leo Zollo at Rambow Gar- 
dens. 

Earle Sweigert Par manager. In 
Atlantic ' City last week for Show- 
men's Variety jubilee meeting. 

Cliff Hall, piano-warbler formerly 
at the Bellevue here switches from 
Queen Mary to Mother Kelly's, N. Y. 

Mask and Wig tunes completed 
and Clay Boland now working on or- 
chestrations for next year's U. of P. 
show. 

New Stanton, Del., track— just 
about half an hour from town — at- 
tracting plenty of show biz trade 
every day. 

Mrs. Lawrence Shuliert Lawrence 
recuping in Jewish hosp after slicing. 
Mrs. Louis Davidoff, wife of WB 
exec, knifed at Lankenau hosp. 

New offices have been opened by 
the American Federation of ' Actors 
local in the. Shubert building. Local, 
which grew out of the United Enter- 
tainers'^ Assn., was formerly housed 
in the latter's quarters. 

Frances Eatman, of the line at 
Jack Lynch's, doubling on vocals 
with Joe Frasetto's band. Betty 
Brodel, who similarly doubled be- 
tween line and mike went into the 
Embassy Monday (5) as a chirper. 



Des Moines 

By R. W. Moorhead 



"Val-Alr,' Archer's outdoor ball-- 
room, to open soon. 

Ted Weems the last band of the 
Tromar ballroom season. 

Variety club planning a charity 
golf totu-ney last week in June. . 

L. M. Garman assistant-manager of 
New River view park this season. 

Variety club will hold a charity 
goU tournament last week in June. 

S. Barrett McCk>rmick and Ralph 
Rolan, of RKO h.o., visitors In. town. 

Kendall Community players did 
■You Can't Take It With You' to end 
the season. 

L. M. Garman named assistant 
manager to Irving Grossman of 
Riverview park. 

John Ross Winnie, managing di- 
rector of the Kendall Community 
theatre to be married June 4. 

Jack Mulhall and Jimmy Moore, 
test director for RKO, came to town 
to manage the 'Gateway to Holly- 
wood' contest 

Mrs. Jimmy Pickett of Hastings, 
Neb., won the title of Madame 
Tristaco in Tri-States 'back seat 
drive' this spring. - 

Mary Little, radio editor for the 
Register and Tribune, and Gwen 
McCleary. with KSO and KRNT, do- 
ing New York this week. 

Mrs. Jimmy Pickett of Hastings, 
Neb., won the 'Madame Tristaco' title 
in Tri-States 'back seat drive' for the 
wives ot theatre managers in the 
chain'. 



SL Louis 

By Sam X. Harst 



Variety Club will hold annual 
steamboat excursion Saturday (10). 

'Cah It a Day,' opens second sea- 
son of Civic Theatre, local straw- 
hatter, June 20. 

Helen O'Connell, singer formerly 
with KSD, has taken screen test for 
20th-century Fox. 

Don Ferrara and orch opened new 
enlarged and air condition El Patio 
Supper Club in Hotel Chase.' 

Town Square theatre, atop of a 
west end office building, opens sea- 
son June 9 with 'See Naples and Die.' 
Six performances will be given. 

Nancy Mc(rord, Annamary Dickey 
and Lansing Hatfield were featured 
songsters at annual dinner for guar- 
antors of Municipal Theatre. Lester 
Allen, m.c.'d program. 

George Blockburger, whose license 
to operate the Rex, a downtown 
nitery, was revoked a year ago, has 
again been cited by Excise Commis- 
sioner McDaniel when cops learned 
he was still operating the place un- 
der a license issued to a waitress. 



By Les Rees 



Extreme beat latest boxoflice 
curse. 

George Weeks, Monogram general 
sales' manager, a visitor. 

Harry Sherman in from New York 
to distribute fight pictures. 

'Drunkard' being revived at Hotel 
Commodore with 40c admission. 

Bill Elson named toastmaster for 
Allied States' national convention 
banquet. 

A. Selby Carr, Paramount adver- 
tising head here, fishing in northern 
Minnesota. 

Moe Levy, 20th-Fox district man- 
ager, back from an eastern, business 
and pleasure jaunt 

Emm-y Nyberg and Gladys Mc- 
Guire of 20th-Fox vacationing in 
northern Minnesota. 

Minnesota Amusement Co. (Para- 
mount Northwest circuit) to hold an- 
nual managers' convention at Breezy 
Point Minn., Aug. 15-17. 

Jack Thoma, Columbia explolteer, 
making Minneapolis his headquar- 
ters while working on Duluth, Su- 
perior and LaCrosse runs of 'Only 
Angels Have Wings.' 



Hollywood 



Noel Madison In from England. 
Tito Guizar to Mexico by trailer. 
Ken Englund vacationing at Yose- 
mlte. 

Moe Siegel back from month's va- 
cation. 

Robert Wexley on Pennsylvania 
vacash. 

Luis All>erni around after long 
Illness. ' . 

Maxwell Stiles joined Metro 
flackery. 

Mai St. Clair returned, from Hono- 
lulu vacash. 

Rudy Vallee bought $40,000 HoUy- 
wood home. 

George 'Daddy' Hines celebrated 
82d birthday. 

Whitney Boltoa recovering from 
major surgery. 

William K. Howard home after 
week in hospital. 

John Ford and Henry King on 
Hawaiian holiday. 

Nat Finston tossed luncheon for 
Walter Damrosch. 

A.. J. Carpenter improving after 
surgical operatloa 

Albert Deane in from Manhattan 
for studio huddles. 

Vernon Caldwell joined Walt Dis- 
ney as talent scout 

Redd Harper and Dorothy Mason 
formed new agency. - 

Richard Lane . summering In his 
trailer at Coral Beach. 

Lon Young back in production, 
making commercial films. 

Johnnie Davis and his revue 
troupe left for dastem tour. 

Jack L. Warner hosted 30 members 
of French. Trade commission. 

Jimmy Starr bedded by injuries 
sustained in badminton game. 

Comedians end Leading Men play 
baU for Mt Sinai Hospital at Wrig- 
ley Field July 29. • 



By Hal Cohen 



Bill Maganottl has licked pneu- 
monia. ... 

Jules Lapidus* older son convales^ 
dng after appendectomy. 

Dave RublnoS home for a coupl* 
of days to see his family. . 

Manny 0>hen- has re-entered the 
nitery field with sepia El Congo. 

Phil Rublnoff making his third 
stab at matrimony wlm a Detroit 
gal. 

Frank Shea off for Louisville, Ky., 
to stage series of outdoor' operettas 
there. - 

Frank Boles, of Willows staff, laid 
low, but not seriously so in auto 
crackup. ^ 

Harry Ritz had a birthday, his 32d, 
during the trio's engagement here at 
the Stanley. 

Al Shelleday, Al Kavelln's croon- 
er, has diamond-ringed chorus girl 
Margie Noble. 

Kilbuck theatre's Mark Andrews 
(J. Keith Lundyr^ekked east for 
summer stock. - . 

Jules Lapidui^ oldest son is com- 
ing around after an emergency ap- 
pendix-clipping. 

Mike Shapiro home from Roch- 
ester, Minn., minus 15 pounds, but 
feeling fine again. 

Bill Maganotti has licked pneu- 
monia after the medicos had made 
him a 50-to-l shot 

Bee Saxon heading for coast soon 
to visit sister, Mrs. Ralph Freed, for- 
merly Grade Saxon. 

Burlesk season at Casino ended 
Saturday (3) with all-colored show, 
"Red Hot and Brown.' 

Columbia exchange chief Art Levy 
named prez of Film Row Bowling 
league for next season. 

Connie Barleau quit hosp. on 
crutches to rejoin Bemle Cummins 
band at Vhrglnla Beach. 

Mickey (Mrs. Charlie) Kurtzman 
home after World Fairing for a week 
with the Lou Goldbergs. 



Anstrafia 

By Erie Gerrlck 



Jan Rubini still smash for the 
Hoyts. 

Salici puppet show here from ti\6 
UjS. for the FuUers. 

Luna P^rk will fold shortly for the 
winter. Summer, season has been 
good. 

Legit shows playing New Zealand 
include 'Women' and 'Hollywood- 
Hotel.' 

Lin Endean, trade newspaperman, 
bias joined Universal as publicity di- 
rector. 

Jack Lester has taken charge of 
production at Casino Revue in Mel- 
bourne for ANZT. 

Deanna Durbin still maintains pace 
as one of the top b.o. stars through- 
out Australia and New Zealand. 

Cnpitol, Melbourne, controlled by 
Par, swinging to stage shows, with 
pictures. First booking is Roy Rene, 
local burlesque comedian. 

After a long holdout, Hoyts finally 
returned picture advertising to the 
Daily Telegraph, Sydney. Fight 
started when D.T. upped rates. 

Roy Fox band booked by Greater 
.Union for a season in Sydney. Fox 
has been with Australian Broadcast- 
ing Commission for some time in 
Melbourne. 

'I Married An Angel' premiered in 
Sydney for Australian-New Zealand 
Theatres. Jack Arthur, U.S. player, 
out of the cast to join Casino Revue 
in Melbourne for ANZT. 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939 



OBITUARIES 



1 



DODSON MITCHELIj 

Dodson Mitchell, 71, veteran of 
the stage, who in a career of 53 
years essayed scores of roles, for 12 
years was a member of Julia Mar- 
lowe's company and appeared with 
John Drew and Nazimova, died in 
the Polyclinic hospital, N. Y., June 2. 

His aunt, Maggie Mitchell, a noted 
actress in her own right, secured 
him a small role in Edmund Collier's 
company and later brought htm into 
her own troupe. That began his 
career. He lingered with his aunt 
long enough to achieve distinction 
In the role of Dldler Barbeau in 
Tanchon the Cricket,' which was 
unfolded at the Grand Opera House, 
M. Y., In 1895. Then came 12 years 
with Miss Marlowe's stock company. 

He appeared with Arthur Daly in 
'Candida,' produced in 1903, and 
stayed with Daly for more than 
three years, doing many contem- 
porary Shaw plays. He played Cap- 
tain Lewis opposite John Drew in 
the drama, lUchard Carvel,' pre- 
sented at the Empire, N. Y., in 1900. 
An early associate of Alia Nazimova, 
Mitchell was for three years a mem- 
ber of her company, dating from 
her first arrival on these shores in 
1906. In Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler,' her 
initial American appearance, Mit- 
chell was Judge Brock opposite her 
Hedda. 

He had also written several plays. 
Including 'Cornered,' produced at 



lasting almost 20 years. For 30 years 
thereafter he was with Belasco as 
stage manager. 

His wife, Maude Beckwlth Boag, 
was a retired player at the time of 
her death in 1933. 

rBED CBESS 
Fred Cress, 46, stage manager of 
the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 
for more than 20 years, died May 
29, of bronchial pneumonia. Start- 
ing backstage work at the old Lyric 
theatre, legit house, i n Philadel- 
phia, Cress later became a carpenter 
at the Academy and was advanced 
to stage manager. 

Cress was a member of the exec- 
utive board of Local No. 8 of the 
International Alliance of Theatrical 
Stage Employees. Surviving are his 
wife, three brothers— one of them 
his twin — and a sister. 



FBANK GOOD 

Frank B. Good, 65, cameraman 
and secretary-treasurer of the Amer- 
ican Society of Clnematographers, 
died June 1, in Hollywood, after 
heart attack. Veteran of the silent 
days, Good was chief cameraman 
for Norma Talmadge, Tom Mix, 
Jackie Coogan and George O'Brien. 
His last ]ob was the shooting of 
Alaskan scenes for Paramouht's 
Spawn of the North.' 

He was one of the charter mem- 
bers of ASC and an officer for sev- 
eral years. Surviving Is his widow. 



IN LOVING MEMORY 
OF m ADOBED HOTUEB 

LILLIAN RUSSELL 

Who Passed Away June 6, 1922 
DOROTEIY RUSSELL 



the Astor In 1920. A member of the 
Lambs, his last appearance was with 
Walter Hampden in 'An Enem^ Of 
the People,' presented at the Hudson 
a- few years ago. Other plays in 
which he was cast Included 'Within 
the Gates,' 'Stevedore,' 'Errant 
Lady,'' 'tiood- Men and ^Rrue'' and 
^hold This Dreamer.' 
He leaves his widow. 

PEBCT WEADON 

Percy Weadon, 79, veteiran legit 
producer, manager and press agent, 
died May 29 in a Long Island hoS' 
pltaL His real name was Frank 
Preston Weadon. 

Weadon' began his career a gen- 
eration ago as press agent for such 
IJ. Y. theatres as the old Union 
Square, Wallack's and Daly's. Later, 
his most successful effort as a pro- 
ducer, in conjunction with Fred 
Whitney, was the presentation of the 
Oscar Straus operetta; The Choco- 
late. Soldier,' which was presented 
In America and abroad. In this 
period he married Lillian Poll, who 
was appearing In a touring company 
of the operetta, ^e marriage ended 
by divorce eight years later. 
• Weadon' was associated for years 
with the then popular light opera 
company, the Bostonlans. Later, he 
Joined Henry Savage's English 
Grand Opera Co. and was credited 
with much of its success. Others 
with whom he had been associated 
are David Belasco, Klaw-Erlanger 
and the Shuberts. 

Funeral aervlces wete held in N. 
Y. on Friday (2) under the auspices 
of the Actors Fund. Surviving are 
a son and daughter. 

NABCISSE V. OASTONGUAT 

Narclsse V. Gastonguay, who rep 
resented Kelth-Albee vaude and plC' 
tures In their invasion of Nova 
Scotia in 1907, being provincial man 
ager,.dled May 25 in Halifax. 

When Kelth-Albee vacated Nova 
Scotia about a decade ago, Gaston 
guay became a partner of W. A. Af' 
fleck, his brother-in-law. In operat- 
ing the Orpheus, Halifax, one of the 
oldest film theatres in Nova Scotia. 
This house went over to the F. G. 
Spencer chain 18 monttis ago, and 
since then Gastonguay had not been 
active In film 'Exhibiting. 

Surviving are a brother and 
sister. 



WILUAH BOAG 

William Boag, 72, who for a long 
time was associated with David 
Warfleld and David Belasco, died 
June 1 in his Staten Island (N. Y. 
home after a six-year illness. 

Boag came to New York from 
Charleston, S. C, his birthplace, as 
a youth, and began his career as 
ftagehand. He later joined War^eld 
as stage manager, tha association 



ANGELO CONIGUQNE 

Angelo Coniglione, 53, conductor 
of the Hartford WPA Symphonic 
Band, died May 29 in' a Hartford 
hospital as a result of injuries sus- 
tained the same day in an .automo- 
blle-bus coUision. 

He had played In and conducted 
various bands in Hartford during 
the last 35 years. Widow, son, two 
brothers and a sister, all Of Hart- 
ford, survive. 



orchestra In Los Angeles, he was a 
music teacher in his later years. 

ARTBUB CABFENTEB 

Arthur Carpenter, chief electrician 
at Paramount studio, died In Holly- 
wood June 6. He was with the 
studio 13 years. 

Byron C. Tapley, pianist in the 
Nickel theatre orchestra, St John, 
N. B., when it was the first picture 
house band in Canada, and a link 
in the Kelth-AIbee chain, died re- 
cently in New York after a short 
Illness. He had also been a piano 
teacher and composer. . Interment In 
N. Y. Surviving Is a daughter. 



the midwest. . .New London (N. H.) 
players plan two tryouts during the 
summer... ditto for Charles Carey's 
strawhat at Lake Mahopack, N. Y. 
. . . Ann Mason will do 'Yes, My 
Darling Daughter* and 'Susan and 
God' at Mt Kisco, N. Y., then goes 
to Stockbridge, Mass., late in July 
for the remainder of the season. 



Wife of Paul O. deFur, producer, 
WLW, Cincinnati, died May 23 In a 
Fort Worth hospital following an 
operatioa Burial there May 27. 

Mrs. Ida Bobbins, 67, of Worcester, 
mother of Jack Bobbins, head of the 
Metro - Bobbins music publishing 
house, died in her home Saturday 
(3). Survivors are two other sons 
and five daughters. 



Tommy Ladlner, 39, pioneer swing 
trumpeter, formerly with the Noble. 
Sissle and Fletcher Henderson or- 
chestras, died in New York June 3 
of a heart attack. 



Abu A. Gray, 67, Georgia fiddling 
champion for five years, died at his 
home in Tallapooso, Ga., June 2, 
1939. 



Mother of "Dinty* Doyle, New York 
Journal-American radio colummst, 
died June 1, in Salem, Mass., aged 72. 



Mother, 73, of Dud Florey, office 
manager for Monogram Pictures in 
Los Angeles, died in L. A., May 31. 

Mary Elisabeth Tyler, 24, secre- 
tary at RKO, died May 29, In Los 
Angeles. 



KIBT OBEB 

Klrt Ober, 64, actor and former 
jockey, died of a heart attack June 
1 in Huntington Beach, CaL, where 
he was working with a carnival 
company. A rider on the old Juarez 
track In his youth, he played vaude- 
ville, stock and numerous small roles 
In pictures. 

Surviving are two sons. 



GABLAND ANDEBSON 

Garland Anderson, 53, Negro play 
Wright, died May 31 of heart disease 
in a New York hospital. 

Anderson authored "Appearances,* 
which in 1925 was produced in N. Y. 
It had only a three-week run, but 
found a better reception in London; 

Surviving Is his widow. 



T. W. MeMAHON 

T. W. McMahon, 75, owner of Mc 
Mahon's outdoor shows, which 
toured the middle west almost 60 
years, died at his home In Marys- 
ville, Kans., May 30 after an Illness 
o* two years. 

A native of Pennsylvania, he had 
lived in Marysville for 45 years. 



GEOBGE D. BIBBT 

George D. Klrby, around 40, who 
with his wife, Helen Duval, formed 
the vaudeville team of Klrby and 
Duval, was killed instantly in an 
auto crash in Harrison, N. Y., Mon 
day morning (5). 

Details In the vaudeville section. 

HUGH M. SHIELDS 

Hugfc M. Shields, 55, for 20 years 
a cartoonist with the Paul Terry 
Studios, creators of animated film 
cartoons, fell or jumped to his death 
from the 11th floor of his N. Y, 
apartment Wednesday (31 )i 

His widow survives. 



GOBDON FILLHAN 

Gordon Flllman, 50, Ontario, Can., 
theatre manager, died at his home 
there Wednesday (31) of a heart at- 
tack. 

Flllman for years operated a chain 
of ' theatres in various parts of On- 
tario. He had retired about three 
years ago due to ill health. 



MANNT LOWENSTEIN 

Emanuel (Manny) Lowenstein, 84, 
long-time intimate of Carl Laemmie 
and for years a reader at Universal, 
died June 4 In Hollywood. 

Years ago he collabed with (3eorge 
M. Cohan on plays and also had sev' 
eral songs published. 



ALBEBT HUBKA 

Albert Hurka, 76, musician, died 
May 81, in Los Angeles. 
Conductor of tha first symithony 



New Strawhats 



(Continued from page 40) 



repeats aS managing director. Jane 
Blryan set for lead in several pro- 
ductions. Richard Gage and Wes 
McKee will direct plays and Barry 
Sullivan will double at acting-direct- 
ing. Merle Brown and William 
Cralgln in troupe. 



Try Jack Shat* Comedy 

For Immediate Release,' new com. 
edy by Jack Shatz, will feature tiie 
fourth season of summer stock of the 
Rochester Summer theatre opening 
June 0 at East Avon, N. Y. Leon 
ard AltobeU, active with the French 
Theatre of the Four Seasons at the 
Barbizon-Plaza hotel, N. Y, this 
winter, will direct 

Added Strawhats 

Rockwood Hall theatre, North 
Tarrytown, N.Y. 

Long IBeach (L.I.) playhouse, Ed. 
ward P. Diamond, July 3. 

Boothbay (Me.) playhouse, June 
28. 

Peterborough, N. H., June 28. 
Lippitt players, Ashton, R.I., June 
10. 

Paper Mill playhouse, MUlbum, 
N. J. Alexander Kirkland, Helen 
Thompson, Frank Carrlngton. Dut' 
ing July. 

Rochester Summer theatre, East 
Avoa N.Y. Leonard Altobea June 9, 

Lake Tarleton theatre. Pike, N.H., 
June 25. 

Mountain playhouse, Jehnerstown, 
Pa. Late June. 

Shawnee players, Shawnee-on- 
Delaware, Pa. Joseph E. Doyle, 
July 6, 

Marquette (Mich.) Summer the- 
atre. Joe E. CaUaway, July 6. 

Hale Theatre group. Playhouse, 
Merchantvllle, N. J., Rodney Hale, 
June 6. 

Harvey Lake theatre, Alderson, 
Pa., John Dooley, Jime 10. 

Connecticut players, Milford, 
Conn., Marcus Merwln, July 1. 

Strawhat Ploklngs 

Sol Jacobson has resigned as p.a. 
for the 49'ers, Chase Bam playhouse, 
Whitefield, N. H., and wiU beat the 
drum for the Bucks County play, 
house, New Hope, Pa....BlU Doll 
will double as fiag-waver for Milton 
Stlefel's Ivoryton (Conn.) summer 
stock and the 'Hot Mikado' at the 
New York World's Fair... Joe A. 
CaUaway, who was associated with 
Margaret Webster In the Maurice 
Evans Shapespearean revivals, will 
operate the Marquette (Mich.) hay- 
loft one of tha few Equity spots In 



New Spot In Jersey 

Philadelphia, Jime 6. 
Hale 'Theatre group, professional 
company under the direction of Rod- 
ney Hale, stage and screen player, 
opened a 13-Week strawhat season 
at the Playhouse, Merchantvllle, 
N. J, near here, tonight (Tuesday) 
with 'Shining Hour.' Film and legit 
names are promised in support of a 
stock company of eight. - Members 
of local little theatre groups will be 
Invited to participate when larger 
casts are needed. 



Tix Code Shift 



(Continued from page 41) 

received. The cards were turned 
over to the council committee. 
Tryinf to Dack !•% Tax 
Another attempt is being made to 
have Congress cons!(ler elimination 
of the Federal 10% levy on tickets, 
letters having been sent to each 
member of the Ways and Means com- 
mittee. Government's collection is 
referred to as a war tax, in effect 
since the World War, Pointed out 
that , the levy Is among the nuisance 
taxes which expire soon. It Is ar- 
gued that the legitimate theatre in 
particular 'has suffered under this 
burden for over 20 years... and out- 
side of munitions is the only indus- 
try that has continued to carry such 
a load.' 

It has been requested that the 
League, as representative of all legit 
theatres and virtually all producers, 
be heard by the committee, since the 
theatre, 'a cultural institution. Is a 
sustalner of morale and is so recog- 
nized in war times.. It needs not 
hardships or handicaps in the form 
of taxation, but assistance, if not by 
actual subsidy, as is frequently 
given abroad, at least IndlrecUy, 
throu^ the lifting of deterrents.' 

Claimed, too; that business has 
Seldom been so bad in the legitimate 
theatre. Admissions tax collections 
by the Government were the lowest 
for April than for any month since 
January, 1938. Quoted that in April, 
1939, the drop in N. Y. alone was 
more than $100,000 over that of tiie 
previous month. It was Indicated 
that that Included all types of ad- 
missions, including cabaret levies. 

Ticket Interests appeared to re- 
gard the comment on bad business 
from a different slant While they 
too would like to see the admissions 
taxes eUminated, If s contended that 
the code was figured to encourage 
theatre attendance but evidently had 
not worked out that way. 



MARRIAGES 

Patricia Julia Walsh to Alfred 
Wagstaff, 3d, in New York, skedded 
for June 8. She's an actress and 
daughter of Seena Owen, scenarist 
and star of silent films; he's in legit 

Robert Ewlng to Florence Moeller, 
In Chicago, June 3. He's with 
NBC's Chi transcription department; 
bride Is NBC sales department sec 

Zelda Poulson to Lou Keplinger, 
May 16, In Los Angeles. He's man- 
ager of KARM, Fresno. 

Gwynae- Plckford to Hugh (Bud) 
Ernst in Las Vegas, Nev, May 31. 
Bride Is niece of Mvy Plckford; 
he's radio announcer. 

Katharine Mauk to Albert 
Vaughan, In Santa Barbara, June 4. 
He's publicity director for Sol 
Lesser. 

Roberta Curler to James C. Lord, 
In JanesvlUe, Wis., May 24. He's 
film technician for 20th-Fox. 

Elsie BuUt to Kleve Klrby, In New 
Orleans, skedded for June 16. He's 
WWL, New Orleans, announcer. 

Burnice Smith to Eddie LeBaron, 
In Yonkers, N. Y., June 4. He's the 
band leader. 

Merle Oberon to Alexander Korda 
In Antlbes, France, June 3. She's 
the flhn player; he's the British film 
producer. 

Adrlenne Lee to Harry Nel^er in 
New Haven, June 3. She's a radio 
singer; he's nlte life columnist on 
Bridgeport (Conn.) Herald. 

Walter Federman, of New York, 
and Pauline Spiro, June 4, in Bridge- 
port Bride is daughter of Amster 
Spiro, former city ed of N. Y. Jour. 
I naL 



MAX BAER WASHED UP 
AFTER KAYO BY NOVA 



By JACK PULASKI 

Smallest crowd for a major open- 
air heavyweight fight in years saw 
the former' champ. Max Baer, ot 
Llvermore, Cal., get smacked around 
at the Yankee Stadium, New York, 
Thursday (1) night by Lou Nova, of 
Alameda, Cal. When the Referea 
Frank Fullam stopped the match in 
the 11th round It wasn't even closa. 
Those who know Baer's propensity 
for a good time, piped that if he sips 
champagne, for the time b^lng, at 
least It will have to be through a 
straw. 

As a topflight boxer Baer Is washed 
up; in fact the man who was rated 
the best in his generation when he 
knocked out Max Schmeling a few 
years ago, never really, had anything 
but a good right hand punch, which 
has gone. He had planned, he says, - 
to meet Joe X<ouls again, and had 
visions of recapturing the title. 

There were times during the scrap 
when it looked like Baer would put 
the younger Nova on the canvas. Ha 
certainly hit Lou enough times with 
that starboard mauler, which merely 
demonstrated that Max has lost tha 
zing in his wallop. Ring experts 
who had no particular regard for 
Nova's prowness were surely right 
in figuring that Max had passed tha 
age limit as a topper. Men older 
did fight themselves to the big end of 
the purse, but never good-timed like 
the ex-champ. 

Halfway through it was either 
man's win. At the end of the sixth 
round. Nova was so groggy that ha 
started to walk to a neutral comer 
after the belL By then he had lost 
two successive rounds for low blows. 
His right eye was damaged and his 
chances distinctly doubtful. 

Nova Comes Tbronyh 

Thereafter, however, Lou had tha 
upper hand. He kept coming for- 
ward while Baer moved backward, 
continuously trying to avoid Lou's 
stinging left jab, which kept his 
wounds dripping. Never during tha 
fight did the younger man seem 
wary of Baer's punches. He took all 
and still waded In. Baer was a gory 
mess for the last five rounds, a deep 
cut Inside his lower lip and claret 
from his schnozzle almost choking 
him, resulting in the fight being 
stof>ped, 

At the end Baer's face evidenced 
the. beating he took— mouth all out 
of shape, right eye almost closed 
and the other peeper not much bet- 
ter. Nova looked fresh, but required 
medical attention, mostly to bloody, 
caullflowered ear. 

Supposed reason for the match was 
to establish a contender for Louis lata 
in the summer. Champ meets Tony 
Galento June 28, for the tilte at tha 
Stadium but few people except tha 
human beer barrel figure that Tony 
has a chance. Joe and Tony wera 
Introduced in the ring and the fans 
snickered. Anything can happen In 
a heavyweight fight but If Galento 
lasts as long as Baer did against 
Louis, a lot of fistic fans will be sur- 
prised. The Bomber dropped Max 
m four rounds. 

According to the dope. Nova may 
be the logical contender after tha 
Galento battle. He certainly did 
more damage to Baer than expected, 
but that he can absorb pundies from 
Louis similarly is something else. Ha 
thinks he can and is clamoring for 
a meeting. Among those who rata 
Nova has a chance against Louis Is 
ex-champ Jim Braddock. But then, 
.too, Braddock may be just sentl- 
mental; he seconded Nova against 
Baer. Nova was favored, 11-10. 



BIRTHS 

. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ginsberg, son. 
In Hollywood, June 1. Father Is 
vice-president and general manager 
of Selznlck-InteraationaL 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Thomas, son. In 
Hollywood, June 1. Father is press 
agent for Universal. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bums, .son, in 
Santa Monica, May 30. Father la 
screen and radio player. 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Fast son. In 
Hollywood, May 28. Father Is head 
of Republic's payroll department 

Mr. and' Mrs. John Farrow, son, 
in Los Angeles, May 30. Mother Is 
Maureen O'SuUivan, film player; 
father is film director-writer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gleason, son, 
in Los Angeles, June 1. Father Is 
screen player, 

Mr. and Mrs. John Facenda, son, 
in PhiladeUihla, June 3. Father's an 
announcer at WIP, Phllly. 

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Howard, 
daughter, in Philadelphia, June S< 
Father's a nitery m. c. 

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Carroll, son, 
in Hollywood Jime 4. Father scripts 
Kraft radio show. 



Wednesday, June 7, 1939. 



FORUM'-OUTDOORS 



VARIETY 



47 



WHAT THEY THINK 



Tlag for Erlb Maoa 

Chicago. 

Editor, Variety; 

I hope you will print the following 
open letter to Broadway: 

Two years ago a few of us saw a 
witty, charming revue. The Pepper- 
mill,' arranged by Erika Mann in the 
Kew School for Social Research.- It 
was the kind you tell all your, friends 
not to miss for anything — but it was 
only scheduled for some days in a 
small hall without commercial back* 
ing, and most of New York did miss 
It— 'not to speak of the rest of the 
country. 

Since that time Erika Mann has 
written a best seller; she has loured 
the country lecturing; and her fath- 
er's achievements 'have been spread 
ell over the pages of 'Lite'. Most of 
the talented refugees who staged that 
show are still in this country, includ- 
ing the ineffable comic dancer, Ldtte 
Goslar. New talent has continued to 
accrue to us due to the stupidities 
abroad. National sentiment can be 
gauged by the Gallup poll and the 
popularity of Warners' 'Confessions 
of a Nazi Spy*. 

Why doesn't some big producer 
grab hold of a sure thing and spread 
a feast for us by getting Erika Mann 
to do a new 'Peppermill'? 

Jessie Lloyd O'Connor. 
(Mrs. Harvey O'Connor.) 

Says Billy Glason 

New York. 

Editor, Variety: 

A great injustice was done me and 
my first radio program on WMCA. 
In your May 24 issue, Scho made ref- 
erence to the fact that the laughter 
that greeted our script by studio 
audience was 'prop laughter to im- 
press its audience.' 

Such was not the case. All the 
laughs he heard were legitimate and 
unsolicited. He is entitled to his 
personal opinion of the program in 



general but, as "Mr. Broadway* he 
was not catered to. My script writer, 
Matty Cohen, catered mainly to those 
who tune in their radios for enjoy- 
ment and not for criticism. As far as 
'corny comedy,' as Scho referred to 
it, he can be kept very busy 'cutting 
it off the .cob' from many other 
shows that have the good fortune of 
being network and having a sponsor. 

This was one show .where we 
didn't ask for laughs or tell the audi- 
ence when' and where to applaud, as 
they usually do at most broadcasts. 

I'd appreciate- it very much if you 
prints this letter and help set my- 
self right in the eyes of those who 
might have seen this notice and who 
might be of sonie help to me in my 
struggle to attain the same position 
in radio as I've had in vaudeville. 1 
never had to 'force laughter' then, 
and I'm not going to start now. And 
I assure you I'm telling you the truth 
that it was real and legitimate. 

Billy Gloson. 



Also Endorses Glason 

New York. 

Editor, .Variety: 

You did Billy Glason a great in- 
justice when you allowed a write-up 
of his radio show to be referred to 
as a corny show, that was spoiled by 
forced laughs that -were requested of 
the audience. I was there and as a 
performer I resent such a misstate- 
ment of .facts. The response in 
laughter and applause was genuine 
and no request was made for same. 

Mrs, B. Mhand, 



Twas (he Sane in Paris 

Paris. 

Editor, Variety: 

I hope that the New York Fair will 
be all that is . expected, but so far I 
see, from Variety, it is reacting on 
Broadway just as the Paris Exposi- 
tion did on local shows. 

Maxime Levy, 



9 Arenas Form Assn. for Group 

Harris Named President 




Pittsburgh, June 6. 

Nine of the country's leading 
arenas, which bought over $1,000,000 
worth of talent last season, have or- 
ganized for group booking in 1939- 
40, with John H. Harris head of 
Duquesne Garden here and also in 
'Charge of Harris Amus. Co., as pres- 
■ ident .. 

Corporation will be known as 
Ar^na Managers Assn. and office is 
to be. opened immediately in New 
York with a manager , in charge. 
He'll book attractions, assist in or- 
ganizing and producing special 
shows, assimilate and distribute in- 
formation and recommend biz tonics 
in general. 

Charter members are Duquesne 
Garden here, Providence (R. I.) 
Auditorium, Syracuse Arena, New 
Haven Arena, Springfield (HI.) aud- 
itorium, Philadelphia Arena, Her- 
shey Estates Arena, Cleveland Arena 
and Boston Arena. 

Walter Brown, of Boston, has 
been elected treasurer and vice 
president, with Louis Pierie, of 
Providence, secretary. Brown leaves 
in couple of weeks for Europe to 
scout new ice acts and productions 
for th(f corporation. 



KRIMSKY TAKES OVER 
NORTH'S TENTAURS' 



Cafes Disgusted 



(Continued from page 1) 



Broadway shows, clubs, and similar 
amusements. 

One other thought, not without 
merit, is that the second year of the 
Fair may be lietter for Greater New 
York's show biz than this year — on 
the theory national economic condi- 
tions in '40 may be much better than 
is the standard these days. 



John Ringling North, g.m. of the i 
Ringling-Barnum & Bailey circus, ! 
resigned Monday (5) as producer of] 
the Cavalcade of Centaurs, rodeo 
•t the N. Y. .Fair, giving as rea- 
■ons that he needed to devote his 
.-attention to his circus activities. 
John Krimsky, the Fair's entertain- 
ment director, was placed in charge 
of the wild west attraction by 
Grover A. Whalen. 

North organized and directed the 
entire show since it opened about 
two weeks ago. He was induced to 
enter this enterprise after the ex- 
position virtually llnariced the whole 
oeal; which is why an expo, rep; 
M taking over. Biz has been very 
"UU in the past seven days; with 
numerous schemes introduced in 
oopes of bolstering business. 

The St. Charles hotel, Winnipeg, 
has closed its Grill Room for the 
summer, as usual, with Johnny Ber- 
ing s band taking to the road. 



Frisco Dps, as Tourists Start 
San Francisco, June 6. 

Attendance at the Golden Gate In- 
ternational Exposition is on the up- 
ward trend, according to expo offi- 
cials. First steady trickle of the 
tourist trade is evident. 

President Roosevelt is expected to 
make his second visit to the Fair 
this month. His first glimpse came 
before the opening of the expo, when 
he was entertained at a luncheon at 
the Administration Building last 
year. 

George Creel, U. S. commissioner 
to the Fair, has issued orders to 
keep the Federal Building lighted 
several hours later each night' Exqo 
had difficulty in bringing some of 
the county and foreign buildings 
located on the east side of the island 
into line in brightening up the expo 
after dark, with the Federal Build- 
ing setting a bad example by shut- 
ling off its floodlights at 8 o'clock. 

Up to now the foreign nations 
have been opening and closing their 
exhibits almbst any hour. This is 
being thrashed out with representa- 
tives ot the 30 nations exhibiting at 
the Fair in an attempt (o get them 
to keep pavilions open definite 
hours. 

Managers of nine county groups 
of buildings started a war last week 
on the power rates on the island. A 
'strike' on paying of electric bills 
has been threatened unless an ad- 
justment is made. Electric rates vary 
between $200 and $1,500 per month 
tor the various exhibits, according to 
managers, who also claim exorbitant 
charges for water bills, garbage re- 
moval rates and express charges. 

Concessionaii'es are trying to get 
the state legislature to adopt an 
amendment to the California tax law 
which will free them from property 
tax. Tex Cameron, chairman of the 



No Hamlet 



The N. Y. Police Department 
has a playlet which goes on six. 
times daily in the city building 
at the World's Fair, sketch being 
called 'Murder at Midnight' ' 
Number of detectives and har- 
ness' bulls are the actors and 
some don't like the trick which 
calls for their presence at the 
Fair from 10 each morning Into 
the night . One dick who is a 
wit is trying to get back to his 
regular assignment 

'I've even called up Equity,' he 
said, 'and told 'em I was scab- 
bing.' 



Coney Isle, Greatest Nickel Show, 
Brags It s Outdrawing N. Y. Fair 



his group, says that they are already 
struggling under burdens of charges 
and costs as heavy as they can bear. 

'Greenwich Village,' which was 
closed for several weeks because of 
financial difficulties, has been re- 
opened with Will Wright and Carl 
Holt at the helm. Nut for the show 
has been halved. Another nudist 
show, 'Elysium,' bowed last week. 
Sam Levin is backing this venture 
located in the midst of 'Television 
City,' a new enterprise. 



AFA FOLDS F-M 
CIRCUS IN CAL 



Hollywood, June 6. 

Refusal of Fanchon & Marco to 
sign an American Federation of Ac- 
tors closed shop agreement caused 
Jack W. Kramer, head of local AFA, 
to step in with result that Great 
American Circus, first tent venture 
of F&M, folded in Pomona, Cal., 
Thursday (1). 

Circus was bankrolled by. F&M, 
with nominal ownership vested in 
Wayne Daillard, former Fox-West 
Coast San ' Diego manager, and 
Charles Nelson. Opening May. 24 
at Inglewood (suburb of Los .An- 
geles), outfit was sporadically 
booked under asupices, but venture 
came to grief at start of second 
week. 

AFA claims jurisdiction over 35 of 
the 84 performers carried, their 
jurisdiction including 20 F&M Fan- 
chonettes. 

Failure of Mike Marco to come to 
terms with AFA necessitated hiring 
of workmen through employment 
agency to load show and ship it to 
the Ringling winter quarters at 
Baldwin Park. Tent equipment and 
some animals were leased from the 
Ringlings, with pione circus vets 
in charge of operating departments. 



Harvey Condition Critical 

Mt, Vernon, O., June 6. 

Leon Harvey, 48, ballad singer 
with the Beth Kinsey tent show, is 
in a hospital here, still in a serious 
condition, following an accident in 
which his automobile skidded off the 
highway near here and crashed into 
a bridge about 10 days ago. 

Vaufan Snedeker, 28, comedian 
with the same troupe, who -Was rid- 
ing with Harvey, was killed. 



By JO RANSON 

Brooklyn, June 6, 
. Greatest nickel empire in the 
world. Coney Island, took down its 
shutters last week, daubed Surf 
avenue, boardwalk and Bowery 
with two new coats ot enamel and 
hung out shingle reading, 'Sweat in 
Flushing, Swim in Coney,' and, 
oddly enough, if last tWo weeks"^ biz 
is any barometer. Coney is in decent 
position to thumb its worn nose at 
Whalen's spectacle in Flushing, as 
far as crowds are concerned. 

Coney's getting the mob, lialf a 
mUlioii on Sundays, and the Fair is 
getting nowhere near that number 
of visitors.. But that's all Coney ap- 
pears to be getting at the moment — 
just a tremendous straggling of 
moujiks shopping for nickel knishes, 
nickel gravity rides, nickel games,, 
nickel roll-downs, and a niche in 
which to squat on. the clean beach, 
for which, thanks to Park Commish 
Bob Moses, who has instilled the 
fear of God and cleanliness in hearts 
of bathers and pedestrians on the 
brown sand. 

Concessionaires, game operators, 
ride men and Coney's Chamber of 



STIFF-NECK 
DEPT. BLAMED 
AT FAIR 



The they-shall-not-pass red tape 
set up by the N. Y. Fair's treasury 
department which is in charge of 
ducats, etc., is blamed by showmen 
for the adverse hinterland press. 
Some of the stupid things that gate- 
men have executed — 'strict orders,' 
is the alibi— has irked visiting news- 
hawks. 

Resultant press raps anent food 
prices, high tariffs in hotels, etc., are 
blamed at the bursar's office which 
seemingly overrules every effort of 
the Fair's press department which 
is eager to be more cooperative. 

Plan of Fair' officials to give viisit- 
ing- newspapermen a break by per- 
mitting their wives or possibly a 
member of his family a free trip to 
midway concessions had a peculiar 
reaction last week. Ducats covering 
most midway shows were made 
available the final week in May, with 
few in circulation until May 27. Con- 
cession people squawked in some in- 
stances to the publicity department 
claiming the treasury division had 
not notified them of the passes. A 
few concessionaires were so obdurate 
that they bluntly refused to honor 
them. 



N.Y. World's Fair Sideli^ts 



Fair officials expect the latter part of Jun« to tell the story regarding 
the possibility ot large daily gates, with the bulk then coming from out-of- 
town visitors. Right now, the daily paid gate is averaging around 100,000 
net, which is not bad considering it represents a daily gross of $75,000. 
But it is not up to preliminary expectations which were to bring the total 
attendance to 50,000,000 to 60,000,000 the first year. 



Decision to make entrances to the Working Press-Treasury Dept build- 
ing and the Post Office-Publicity structure outside the exposition grounds 
was taken in order to eliminate the usual redtape for visitors with business 
in these structures. Long delays for business visitors on legitimate mis- 
i sions in these buildings resulted in loud squawks from many who had to 
cool their heels for 30 minutes oc more in the Administration building, 
while emergency passes were issued. 



American flag is now flying from the top ot the Giant Parachute Jump 
in the midway. Supposed to top the red light on the Russian building 
statue,, but officially it is up in the air only 250: feet while the Soviet peak 
is 269 feet high. The landscape perspective gives it the No. I altitudinoas 
appearance, however. 



Slim business at the Cavalcade of Centaurs is now ascribed to the fact 
that the average midway visitor doesn't realize it's a wild west show and 
nothing else. Many prospective customers are stumped by the word 
'Cavalckde' and few have any idea what 'centaur' stands for. 



Fair association rents the plots on the midway to concessionaires at an 
annual fee. It collects a percentage of the gate besides. And then has its 
own treasury division officials on hand to collect the coin and guard the 
gates to see that tickets are properly picked up. Money is split up sub- 
sequently. 



Newsreel crew workers have been given silver badges which are sup- 
posed to get them up close to dedicatory ceremonies and other events on 
I the grounds without delay. Similar gold badges have been given radio 
' technicians and public events crew workers. 



Commerce are all shouting simulta- 
neously that the presence of the 
World's Fair will mean extra douj!h 
in Coney's coffers. Mcbbe it will, 
but not. until an earnest effort is 
made to bolster attractions, particu- 
larlpr on Surf avenue. One of the. 
major magnets in former years was 
Luna Park's majestic nightly illu- 
mination. All this now is gone and 
the Park is dark and moribund. 
Bankruptcy receivers arc looking 
for someone to reopen, the place but 
so far no takers. Sljn in front ot 
Luna is optimistic. It reads: 'A 
greater Luna will open in May, 
1939.' It's June, boys, better take, it 
down. However, Coney, fully realiz- 
ing the dangers of a poorly-lit main 
thoroughfare, is planning to string 
up electric lights along Surf avenue 
from West Sth street to West 19th. 
Heretofore light went up only for 
Mardi Gras week. 

Tillyou's, most enterprising of 
Coney's operators, have done nifty 
job redecorating front and inside ot 
their tremendous play pavilion, 
Steeplechase. . They continue to give 
value In their comlM ticket for four . 
bits, offering in addition to assort- 
ment of rides, free dancing, free 
circus with top biUing going to Pal- 
lenberg's Bears. Show also features 
Great Arleys,' perch act; Sliver Won- 
der Horse and Royal Doberman Pio- 
neers. Three Tilyou lads, Eddie, 
Frank and (Seorge, are directing 
park's Destiny, and doing superbly. 
Frank 'niyou, also chairman of 
Coney group which managed to get 
together several thousand dollars in 
pledges to help organize publicity 
bureau, purpose being to bring some 
ot the Fair throng to Coney's shores, 

Park Commissioner Moses has 
done wonders cleaning up beach and 
boardwalk. He's given place Jones 
Beach atmosphere. Help dressed in 
sailor suits. New lUe guard towers 
and movable lifeguard chairs have 
been brought in. Another innova- 
tion this semester is presence of in- 
ternes and physicians to handle flr.<>t 
aid cases. Previously life guards 
were called In to treat injured. 

Island's present sideshows are not 
the attractions they were In former 
years. At present only top ranking 
freak show Is Sam Wagner's on Surf 
avenue, with 'Marian, the Headless 
Girl,' main act Several side .show 
operators are in bad with License 
Commissioner Paul Moss because of 
dubious tactics Jast season. Matter 
nOw before courts. 

Liberal interpretation of new or- 
dinance which prohibits barking is 
being sought by Coney Chamber of 
Commerce. As originally planned 
by City Council, ordinance was di- 
rected against East Side clothing 
store puller-Ins. Recently flock of 
summonses were handed out at Is- 
land in effort to cut down solicita- 
tion. Big and little barkers got 
tickets, 

Paul Fultbn now managing dlr 
rector of Half Moon hostelry. He's 
planning to install nightly entertain- 
ment for summer visitors. Harry 
Rogers' musicers playing In hotel's 
ocean terrace. Fulton had Eugene 
Zaiklne do new murals in grill. 
Lobby contains large copy of Trylon 
and Perisphere fashioned by hotel's 
engineering staff. 

B Fix with Plenty of MusUrd 

You can get hot dog and beer with 
free films at Mardi Gras on Surf 
avenue. Strictly B pics with plenty 
of mustard. Brighton theatre dark. 
Anna Dubrivinsky has Yiddish play- 
house on Surf a-yenue.. Loew's Coney 
Island bucking 'Fascination Bingo' 
with 'Circus Screeno.' One-cent 
game on West 15th street. Feltman's 
boasting of special roll toasting pro- 
cess (pat, pending). Nathan's doing 
socko biz with hot dogs, knishes. 
'Tropical drinks' throughout island. 
Italian restaurants featuring spa- 
ghetti at 20c. per plate. Paddy 
Shea's and Lane's still operating a la 
Irish fashion. Doctor Martin Couney, 
baby incubator pioneer, has for- 
saken Island for World's Fair. No 
rifle war yet; 10 shots for 10c. Sketch 
artists down to 5c. for portraits. 
Eden Musee wax works, with . Fred 
Meers operating for Sam Gumpertz, 
getting 10c. admish and starring 
replica of Peru's five-year-old 
mother. Hi Ho Casino at Brighton 
another Roseland. Brighton deli- 
catessen store special: garlic wurst 
23c, per pound. C. J. HUbert,. pub> 
lie utilitite, new Coney Chamber'of 
Commerce prexy. 

Says Joe Savvarino, Coney's boot- 
black, 'I'U clean up. this year. Might 
even get married, if I make enough.' 



48 



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Wednesdajt Jane 7, 1939 



TARZAN BILL 
IRODGERS is doing ill 





TARZAN EDDIE 
SAUNDERS is 
doing it! 



TARZAN TOM 
CONNORS is doing it! 





Everybody a* M-G-M 
is doing itl And you'll 
join the joyful yells for 
the big Show of Shows! 



TARZAN FINDS A SON 

:Streeh it fasti It's more exdf«inent than the screen has .kno'wri/iii: years. It's a circus! 
. :• ; A show for showmen I Give aYELLI, 

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NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 1939 



56 PAGES 



U.S. W0N7 EASE UP ON PK 

_ «. ♦ ■ 

Now the Fair s Beefing About Biz^j^l^ 
As B way Reverses and B.O. Ups a Bit' 



Concert Stars Spurn Tours Abroad 
For U. S.-Canada Platform Bookings 



Philadelphia, June 13. 
Due to a combination of circum- 
stances, the U. S. has largely sup- 
planted Europe as a summer concert 
field. In previous years most of the 
concert stars toured the European 
mtisical centers during the hot 
months, but with the rapid expan- 
sion of outdoor concert seasons in 
America, the top singers and instru- 
mentalists now summer in this 
country. 

There are at feast 11 spots In the 
U. S. and Canada that have major 
summer concert seasons and it is 
possible for artists to be booked on a 
continuous circuit across the coun- 
try, beginning in the east in June 
and winding up on the Coast during 
August. 

But the growth of the American 
Bummer concert business is only one 
of a numl>er of factors in the situa- 
tion. Others are the unsettled inter- 
national situation, with the threat of 
a general European war, racial per- 
secution in the Fascist strongholds, 
the difficulty of getting coin out of 
certain countries, plus various added 
disadvantages and inconveniences. 
Other contributing factors are tlie 
higher fees obtainable in this coun- 
try, the boxoffice hypo given by the 
artist's radio or picture activity and 
the language convenience. One of 
the most important features is that 
an artist touring in the U. S. can 
woric in radio, film or theatre dates, 
%\'hereas all such extra performance 
Is Impossible in Europe. 

Although summer concert fees in 
(Continued on page 27) 



PLAYS FOR ROYALH IN 
PIECEMEAL WARDROBE 



Meyer Davis had an emergency 
wardrobe problem at the World's 
Fair reception to visiting British 
royalty Saturday (10) afternoon, 
when his valet couldn't get by the 
heavy police cordon with a change 
of clothes. Davis arrived in sports 
getup, expecting to change in the 
Federal Hall. By juggling around 
his musicians he borrowed, piece by 
piece, proper afternoon cutaway, 
shirt, shoes, etc., from among his 15 
men, and did his stuff. 

He played "Beautiful Lady,* "Get a 
Kielt Out of You,' 'Smolce Gets in 
Your Eyes' and 'I'll See You Again," 
the latter two the Queen's particular 
favorites. It was a brief musicale, 
chiefly a salon combo during the 
coclctalls and reception. No dance 
music. 



Couldn't Stay Away 

Hollywood, June 13. 

After 30 years away from grease 
paint, Henry P. Dixon, one-time bur- 
lesque producer, is playing a bit In 
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' at 
Columbia. 

His last acting was in vaudeville 
with Lou Anger. 



Versatile Alice Marble 



Alice Marble, among America's 
topnotch tennis players and now 
in England to participate In the 
Wimbledon matches, completed 
a novel prior to her departure 
and plans two more books upon 
her return. 

Last winter she did a nltery 
singing stint at the Waldorf^ 
Astoria, N. Y. 



Army, Navy, Air 
Biz OK's Census 
Of Sets in Use 



Washington, June 13. 

Special, unprecedentedly compre- 
hensive check on the number and 
location of radio receivers, was 
urged on the Census Bureau last 
week by Federal authorities and in- 
dustry people wanting positive data 
to replace the present admittedly- 
incomplete estimates. The Com- 
merce Department canvassers were 
urged to include questions about 
listening in their regular decennial 
nose-count r-xt year. 

Great value of reliable figures on 
the maximum potential audience 
was stressed by Acting FCC Chair- 
man Fred Thompson, spokesmen for 
the Army and Navy, and the NAB. 
No definite decision reached, al- 
though the Census officials pre- 
viously have been unfriendly to the 
suggestion, fearing to complicate 
(Continued on page 23) 




ELSE, SAYS D.C. 



Adoption or Rejection of 
Fair Trade Pact at Min- 
neapolis Will Not Alter 
Thurman Arnold's Pro- 
gram to Sue Additional 
Theatre Chains on Re- 
straint Charges 



POUCIES REAFFIRMED 



By JOHN C. FLINN 

Washington, June 13. 

Settlement by consent decree, be- 
fore trial, of the pending civil anti- 
trust suit brought by the Govern- 
ment against eight major film com- 
panies in the Federal district court 
of New York, is definitely outside 
present policies and plans of the De- 
partment of Justice. 

From sources ciose to the present 
administration of the anti-monopoly 
division, it is learned that acceptance 
by the film trade of the code of fair 
practices, and the supplementary 
plan of industry self-regulation and 
arbitration of disputes, will have no 
bearing on present prosecution. It 
is further stated that the antitrust 
division, under the direction of Thur- 
man Arnold, has no intention of 
halting plans to file additional civil 
suits, similar to the action started 
in Oklahoma, against large indepen- 
dent chains, unaffiliated with major 
producers. 

On the contrary, it is anticipated 
that there will be at least four ad- 
ditional territorial suits commenced 
by the Government, ir. as many dif- 
ferent sections of the country, with- 
in the next two months, the com- 
plaints of which will contain sub- 
stantially the same charges as spe- 
cified in the Oklahoma suit which is 
(Continued on page 4) 



Clubby Wives 

Philadelphia, June 13. 
Ross Wyse, Jr., currently at the 
Carman theatre here, never al- 
lows business and marriage to 
mix. He recently wed for the 
fourth time, but sppuse No. 3, 
June Mann, is still tiie partner in 
his act 

N6. 4, Janice Williams, terper, 
is teaching the ex to tap dance. 



'Golden Jubilee 
On Pic Biz Now 
Looks to Be Cold 



I^osslbility of a Golden Jubilee 
celebration or any extended ex- 
hibitor-distributor goodwill campaign 
this year was rated slim this week. 
No particular reason given for this 
veering away from any 'greater pic- 
ture year' campaign, like the one 
held last fall, excepting that no In- 
terest is being shown in the idea. 

However, in some circles the re- 
action to the campaign of 1938 was 
viewed as contributing to this lack 
of enthusiasm. The fact that the 
film industry has so many irons in 
the fire on both the legislative and 
judicial front also Is blamed for 
dwindling interest In any idea for a 
sweeping ballyhoo. 

The small possibility that such 
greatest film year' drive might be 
revived again this fall is further en- 
dangered by the possibility that the 
Neely bill might pass. 



Broadway has complained bitterly 
since the N. Y. World's Fair began 
but now concessionaires on the big 
lot are declaring that business Is 
not nearly up to expectations. Some 
concessions are known to be In heav- 
ily in the red on operation and not 
certain of continuing. Whereas show 
business is aware of the Fair's draw 
as a whole, the amusement area now 
figures that the exhibit area is too 
much opposition, with its Industrial 
offerings mostly cuffo. 

Improvement on' Broadway for 
some legit attractions may presaga 
the delayed betterment Film biz 
and cafes also up a bit In some quar- 
ters that is interpreted to mean that .\ 
a majority of New Yorkers have had I 

their fllT of the Fair and are revert-^ . 

ing to amusements closer to home. 
But the number of out-of-towners is 
still away under expectations, which 
is why the Fair concessionaires are 
really worrying. • 

Weather continues to favor the 
Fair. At the same time, however, all 
out-of-doors is getting the best break 
such spots ever had and there are 
plenty of people who cannot stand the . 
tap of the Fair. Themajor amusement 
parks in the metropolitan district are 
running considerably ahead of for- 
mer early summers. That Includes 
Coney Island, which appears to have 
no squawks through any eclipse by 
the Fair. Only wealotess is reported 
from Atlantic .City 'which is cb!>- 
paratively distant but the season 
there has never really gotten into 
(Continued on page 55) 



Legit Premieres May Be Televized 

Next Season On B^way In CBS Tieup 



A departure In first nights may 
take place at Broadway premieres 
next season since managers are con- 
sidering telecasting debuts. The idea 
has been proposed to them by the 
Columbia Broadcaisting System as: an 
important adjunct in publicizing 
shows. CBS. which is to start reg- 
ular television broadcasts in about 
three weeks, aims to have legit per- 
formances as an important feature 
of the programs if showmen are 
agreeable. 

At an Informal luncheon last week 
Gilbert Seldes, in charge of vislo for 
CBS, outlined the plan to managers 
and answered questions from the 
showmen pro and con. Having re- 
cently returned from London, where 
he surveyed television activities, 



Seldes, who formerly reviewed the 
drama, made some surprising com 
ments. Particularly interesting to 
the managers was his statement that 
business in the legit theatres have 
been benefited in London by tele- 
casting of shows. Entire perform- 
ances have been televized, but 
there's only limited visio there, he 
said, and those ca:wiilng the pro- 
gram have aided legit attendance by 
word of mouth. 

'No Deterrent' 
He also said that telecasting of 
plays could not be a deterrent over 
here for years to come, if at all. Cur- 
rently there are 900 television sets 
in New York, he said, with the num- 
ber in a year expected to be around 
5,000. Even then, in his opinion, 
theatre-going would be encouraged. 



whether telecast the opening night 
or thereafter. 

Since television is costly, with 
none of it being profitable in the 
U. S., it's assumed that if shows are 
telecast there would be no fee for 
the rights, managements rating the 
broadcasts as promotional. Before 
such visio comes, however, the mat- 
ter of extra pay to players must be 
adjusted. When any part of a show 
is sent out by radio, players are paid 
an extra eighth of a week's salary, 
under Equity rules, whether the 
broadcast is made from the stage or 
in the studio. 

Equity claims jurisdiction over tele- 
vision but has considered no rules 
covering visio broadcasts, such as 
proposed by CBS. Other unions may 
(Continued on page 13) 



CAPRA-RISKIN'S OWN 
UNIT;GIANNINIB.R. 



Hollywood, June 13. 

There is talk in informed quarters 
that Frank Capra and Robert Rlskin 
will join forces to produce independ- 
ently with offers of financial backing . 
from A. H. Glannlnl. It is generally 
understood that Capra is terminating 
his Columbia Pictures Association as 
soon as he completes editing of 'Mr. 
Smith Goes to Washington.' 

Report is Rlskln will resign as 
production assistant to Samuel Gold- 
wyn on July 1, with Edwin Knopf 
being groomed for Riskin's post 

Under the new setup Capra will 
direct and Rlskin do the writing, 
both sharing production billing. 



Literary Stamps Next? 



Columbia University Press is in- 
augurating a campaign for a series of 
postage stamps to honor America's 
men and women of letters. 

Asking book cricks and other 
literary commentators, booksellers, 
librarians and all Others in and 
about the literary pcofesh to poll all 
interested in five choices of Ameri- 
can authors to go on the proposed 
series of commemoratives. 



2 VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, Jane 14, 1939 



MOST FAR-REACHING FILM REFORM BOLL 
YET; REP 60REN TAKES IN EVERYTHING 



Out-Neelys Neely, and Embraces Almost All the 
Anti-Trust Suit's Angles — Proposed Measure 
Covers 3 Years' Research 



Washington, June 13. 

Most far-reaching film reform bill 
ever proposed is- being whipped into 
form for introduction in Congress, 
•with thought of heading off the Neely 
bill and eliminating the gamble in- 
volved in the Federal anti-trust cru- 
sade. Measure is the product of 
three-years of discussion and thought 
on the part of Representative' Lyle H. 
Boren of Oklahoma, who would pro- 
pose more Important changes in- in- 
dustry structure and habits than the 
succession of censorship and anti- 
block booking schemes. 

Shunning both the independent ex- 
hibitors and the majors, Boren short- 
ly will drop in the feed-box of the 
legislative mill.a proposed law which 
would ban by statute aU of the ac- 
tivities complained of by the Justice 
Department in the New York suit. 
Warning statement said his aim is to 
protect 'coilsumers', who are shown 
scant consideration by either faction. 

As presently planned, the bill will 
ban block booking and blind selling, 
more or less in accord with the 
Neely formula but also would com- 
pel severance of all ties between pro- 
ducer-distributor and exhibitor 
branches; may limit the size of even 
Independently-owned circuits, and 
would give statutory endorsement to 
trade practice agreements such as the 
NRA negotiated. Law-maker claims 
he has been promised important sup- 
port, not only by colleagues at the 
Capital but by government officials 
who have been contacted for sugges- 
tions and criticism. 

Vertical Siroctore of BIe 

The chi^ object of the measure is 
to break up vertical structure of the 
business. Boren says he is searching 
for a workable method of cutting 
present bonds and of preventing any 
exhibitor interests from creating 
chains so large they' are difficult to 
control. Wants to avoid severe in- 
convenience, however, and would 
suggest the industry have adequate 
time to alter its setup, with divest- 
ment occurring gradually over a per- 
iod of time. 

In outlining his desires, the Okla- 
homa Democrat put a curse on all 
big circuits, whether indie or affil- 
iated. National chains are often eco- 
nomically strong enough to adopt ail 
the vicious and undesirable practices 
now charged against the integrated 
enterprises. 

. 'Whenever the chain dominates a 
situation, the consumer lacks the 
protective force of competition and 
has no choice if he wishes to see 
pictures of timely Interest, but to 
patroniie the chain theatre,' Boren 
commented. The interest of the 
consumer would be best served by 
insuring local competition in the ex- 
hibition of fllnis. This end can best 
be achieved by a limitation on the 
size of chains.'' 

On distribution issues, Boren is 
following the path marked by the 
Neelyltes but inclined to go farther. 
Besides making it niegal to sell in 
blocks, he Is working with the 
thought of prohibiting quantity rent- 
als. Changes would be made in 
the blind seUlng features, with a 
view to meeting the reasonable com- 
plaints of distributors. Price con- 
trol would be attempted. The legis- 
lation probably will have a direct 
reference to the cancellation prob- 
lem, stipulating the right of exhibi- 
tors to turn down booked films 
under set conditions. Mass buying 
[Would be outlawed, as a supplemen- 
tal move to break up big exhibitor 
combines. 

Substltnte for Neely 

The Oklahoman, who has created 
a sort of personal brain trust in the 
Government service and is getting 
advice from that source, said he is 
optimistic, following expressions of 
interest by members, of getting his 
scheme considered by the House In- 
terstate and Foreign Commerce 
Committee and- that if the Neely bill 
ever reaches the House floor he will 
offer his proposal as a substitute, 
thus seeking to expedite action in 
the Senate. 

Many specific complaints were 
listed. Boren noted that five majors 
own 13%' of all houses and through 
agreement with 'independent' exhibs 



More White Horses? 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Samuel Goldwyn adopted a 
policy of free sun and water 
baths for his employees and un- 
expectedly ran into a new form 
of the boy and girl problem. 

When the swimming pool and 
sun deck atop his projection 
room, formerly reserved for top 
execs, was thrown open to all 
the workers, the week was di- 
vided into four days for the 
males and two for the femmes. 
Now the gals are burned (and 
not sunburned) about the dis- 
crimination in favor of the hard- 
er gender. 



Carl Laemmle, Jr^ West 
With Plans Indefmite; 
Has Tex Guinaii' Story 



After a month east, Carl Laemmle, 
Jr., and his companion. Red Hirshon, 
have returned to the Coast The 
last couple of weeks Laemmle was 
bedded with a bad cold. 

While the film producer has a 
Texas Guinan screen script in readi- 
ness, he says he won't work out any 
unit production deals until a more 
propitious setup presents itseU in the 
fall. He was last with Metro for a 
spell, following sale of the Universal 
company. 



JULY START AT RKO FOR 
THREE $1,000,000 FHJMS 



Hollywood, June 13, 
RKO rolls three $1,000,000 produc- 
tions during the first week in July— 
'Alleghany Frontier, The Hunchback 
of Notre Dame* and 'Vigil in the 
Night' 

Schedule on 'AUeghany' calls for 
Ave weeks of shooting on location 
in Sherwood Forest, with John 
Wayne, Claire Trevor and Sir Cedric 
Hardwlcke in the leads. Studio is 
looking for a name player opposite 
Carole Lombard in 'Vigil' and one 
to carry the title role In 'Hunch- 
back.' 



Warners Cleaves Actors 
To 54; Scrireners to 56 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Warners whittled its player con- 
tract list to M. Erased from the 
latest roster are Johnny Davis, Fred 
Tozere, Larry Williams and Dead 
End Kids. 

Writing staff is reduced to 58, with 
Norman Burnstine, Frapk Donoghue, 
Fritz Falkenstein, Ring Lardner, Jr., 
Rowland Leigh, Al Martin, Don 
Ryan and Lou Sarecky dropped. 

L. A. to N. Y. 

tr«land Hayward. 
Louis Hyman. 
Homnl Ijing. 
W, B. L«wlB. 
Frank Monmn. 
All«en Frlngle. 
Andrew Stone. 
L>iarenr« T!bbclt. 
Rlctanrd Whorf. 



Boll Allen. 
John IJeal. 
.Terome Keattv'.' 
llon'ord Henedlcl. 
nobert SrewDter. 
Itrodcrick. Crawford. 
Nn'nnle Foster, 
rary GranK 
Frank Harmon, 



N. Y, to L. A, 



Irving Berlin. 
.><nlly Ellera. 
Harold a FVanklln. 
^VIIIIaln Goeu, 
Jawha HeKeU. 
Red HIrahon 
Irene Kuhn. 



Jr. 



Carl Laemmle, 
Lou Luaty. 
Jimmy McHush, Jr. 
Kenneth Thomson. 
Herman TVobber 
Danyl P. Zanuck. 



control many more. By divvying 
product joint operation. aUocatlon 
of business in zones, anc* concerted 
action, they discourage competition. 
Trade practice proposals— falling far 
short of the relief to which indies 
and the pubUc are entitled— have 
been advanced in an effort to head 
off the Government he ' charged. 
Le-'i.slation Is the only way, in his 
view, to straighten out the entire 
situation. 



Ex-Honorary Cops, 
HVood Biggies Nix 
Police Show Nick 



Hollywood, June 13; 
Those honorary cop badges, once 
pinned to the suspenders of. Holly- 
wood biggies, will be missing from 
the annual L.A. Police Show, July 
21, and so will their annual contri- 
butions. 

Until Mayor Bowron revoked 
them, there were more than 5,000 
curtesy cops, ranging from ordinary 
patrolmen to deputy chiefs, accord' 
ing to their importance in the film 
business. In return for leniency on 
the part of traffic police, the badge 
wearers were stung with tickets to 
the annual show. A director, with 
a, captain's insignia, was nicked for 
25, and a producer, with a deputy 
chief's rating, had to buy a hatful. 
The money was collected by motor- 
cycle .cops, every one trained to get 
bis man. 

Last year's show at the Coliseum 
drew $70,000, a large' part of which 
was contributed by Hollywood bad- 
gers. This year the film colonists 
who were kicked out refused to 
kick in. 



NORTHWEST'S FARM 
INCOME OUTLOOK OK 



Minneapolis, June 13. 

Film industry here is finding some 
encouragement over the outlook in 
the fact that Northwest cash farm 
income, while less than, a year ago, 
has been rolling in at the rate of 
$2,266,664, or a total of $271,997,000, 
for four months ending April 30, 
1939, according to the report of the 
bureau of agrlcultusal economics in 
Washington. 

Figures cover the states of Min- 
nesota, North and South Dakota, 
Montana and Wisconsin. 

The AAA benefits were $35,330,000 
—$1,766,000 more than a year ago. 
Crop-livestock sales of products 
actually raised on northwest farms 
totaled $236,6671000 cash, which is 
$4,943,000 less than in the same 1938 
period. 



SAILINGS 

July 5 (New York to London) Vic- 
tor Payne-Jennings (Queen Mary), 

June 16 (New York to Buenos 
Aires) Mel Shauer, Bill Gordon (Ar- 
gentina). 

June 14 (New York to London) 
Ethel Peffer (WashingtQn). 

June 14 (New York to Paris) Clary 
Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Speck, 
William Saroyan, Rex Ingram, 
Charles MacDonald, Mr. and Mrs, 
Arthur Hornblow (Myrna Loy), 
Margot Grahame, Josef Von Stem- 
berg, Erich Maria Remarque, Bruno 
Lessing, Mrs. Howard Dietz (Nor- 
mandie). 

June 13 <New York to Paris) Mrs, 
Lily Pons (Champlain). 

June 7 (London to New York) De- 
veen (Washington). 



ARRIVALS 

John Byram, Gilbert Miller, Mr, 
and Mrs. Ralph Hanbury, Mr. and 
Mrs. Truman H. Talley, Mr. and Mrs. 
Leon Britton, Lanelle Lane, Leslie 
Levante. 



Doping Neely Bill s Passage 



Picture Industry heard this week that passage of the Neely bill in 
the U. S. Senate loomed as extremely likely. Anti-block booking 
measure came out of the Senate committee by an overwhelming vote 
but the minority report indicated that It might be actively debated on 
the Senate floor before vote is called. 

Major officials are hopeful that the bill, if it progresses as far as the 
House, will be sidetracked by the press of other business. Rush to 
adjourn Congress received impetus last week with the extireme heat 
wave. 

However, more general knowledge of industry problems end what is 
going on is\ the picture business has been absorbed by legislators in 
Washington this time during consideration of the Neely bill than ever 
before, 'Whether this wlU ultimately force a vote on the measure in 
this Congressional session still remains a moot question. 

Should the Neely bill pass in the present session of Congrcs.s, the 
film law would become effective one year from the date it is actually 
signed by the President 



Neely Bfll Showdown This Week; 
Lengthy Report from Opposition 



H'wood Scoots Little 
Theatres Rather Than 
CampDses This Season 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Higher education takes a nosedive 
this year in the quest of recruits for 
the film Industry. After 15 years of 
widespread gandering among the na- 
tion's colleges,' the major studios 
have called their scouts off the aca- 
demic trail and turned them loose 
on the little theatres. 

Less than a- dozen colleges are be- 
ing scouted this season, ^nd those 
only for a few weeks. Cause of the 
switch is the scarcity of talent In the 
ivy-dad Institutions and the more 
promising field in the small theatres. 
Chief single contributor this year is 
the Pasadena Community Plaj^ouse, 
which has graduated a dozen young- 
sters Into the flimeries. Outstanding 
is William Holden, currently play- 
ing the male lead in 'Golden Boy* 
at Columbia. 



ZANUCK, GOETZ BACK; 
MET SCHENCK IN N. Y. 



Darryl F. Zanuck and William 
Goetz, 20th-Fox production execu- 
tives, are en route back to the Coast 
from New York. Producers arrived 
east Saturday (10) for a series of 
conferences with Joseph M. Schenck. 

Zanuck left Monday (12) to con- 
fer on release schedules with Her- 
man Wobber, distribution head, who 
will join him at the studio later this 
week. 



Wt Happen,' Won't 
At Metro, Too Touchy 

Hollywood, June 13. 
'It Can't Happen Here' is not go- 
ing to happen at Metro. Studio 
tossed the controversial Sinclair 
Lewis novel back on the shelf after 
studying its political and social an- 
gles. 

Story cost the plant $75,000 and 
has been close to the starting line 
several times in the last two years. 



Dreifuss Producing 

Hollywood, June 13, 
Arthur Dreifuss is going Into the 
feature production field, with plans 
for three $100,000 action i>Ictures 
backed by eastern capital. 

Dicker is on for major release, 
probably Columbia, where he re- 
cently produced and directed a se- 
ries of musical shorts. 



Other News of Interest to Fihns 



Aussie theatre breach ends pagg 13 

Luise Rainer disappoints in Ixindon legit Page 13 

Yank films return to Spain Page 13 

Orson Welles vs, Edgar Bergen page 30 

Texaco options Page 31 

Tells exhibs not worry about television Page 34 

Television pages 34-35 

Radio reviews: Joe E. Brown, Olsen and Johnson, Kate 

S'""*' : Pages 40-41 

Television reviews: Bert Lytell page 4i 

3 Quit B'way for films page 51 



Washington, June 13. 
Stage was being readied this week 
for the showdown on the Neely bill 
to prohibit block booking and blind 
selling, after three unconvinced 
members of the Senate Interstate 
Commerce Conmilttee filed a long, 
tartly-phrased answer to advocates 
of the film reform scheme. Minority 
report clarified the issues, besides 
providing ammunition for foes of 
the measure. Meanwhile, Industry 
pressure was being increased, with 
prominent Individuals in the busi- 
ness reflecting alarm, despite assur- 
ance from sonie pulse-feelers that 
the unprecedently vocal opposition 
has a fair chance of blocking pas- 
sage. 

A motion to debate the bill is ex- 
pected to be offered during the pres- 
ent week by Senator Matthew M. 
Neely of West Virginia, the majors' 
gadfly. Aware of the impossibility 
of getting his bill considered on a 
routine call of the calendar, Neely 
will resort to this parliamentary 
process to overcome the antagonism 
of Senate Democratic Leader Alben 
W. Berkley, who is openly opposed 
to the legislation, although failing to 
sign the minority report 

A week behind Neely, Senator 
Ellison D. Smith, Democrat from 
South Carolina, presented an 18- 
page statement of reasons why he, 
together with two Republican.^ Sen- 
ators Wallace H. White, Jr., of Maine 
and Chandler Gumey, of South 
Dakota, voted against reporting the 
bill favorably. In an unusually- 
thorough analysis of the proposal as 
well as the testimony taken by sub- 
committee of which he was chair- 
man. Smith told colleagues the dl.s- 
senting trio feels the Neely ban 'is 
not necessary.' 

ArUstle Aspects 

While the report went deeply Into 
the mechanics of the industry dis- 
tilbutlng system and the prospective 
effect of the bill, the trio's chief ar- 
gument related to the artistic prob- 
lems confronting the business and 
the pious ideal of bringing about 
higher grade entertainment Many 
supporters of the bill, failing to com- 
prehend all aspects of the situation, 
are unquestionably sincere in claim- 
ing the biU win be beneficial to the 
public, the report observed, but 
there is scant reason for believing 
this will be the result 

'Motion pictures, like all entertain- 
ment and particularly theatrical en-' 
tertainment, by their very nature 
invite criticism,' the skeptics de. 
clared. 'With the continuous stream 
of film that pours out of the studios 
all year, It is not surprising that 
anyone can easily find Items that he 
or she may dislike, the number and 
proportion of such Items depending 
upon personal 'taste and critical at- 
titude as much as upon the quality, 
artistic standards, or popular appeal 
of the motion pictures. Much of the 
testimony presented to the subcom- 
mittee in support of the bill con- 
sisted of general, and some specific, 
criticism of motion pictures as mass 
entertainment 

' Conceding sincerity to the reform 
groups, women's organizations, edu- 
cators and clergy, the trio said it Is 
Impossible to fight over the objective 
of better screen farie. The idea of 
'community selection,' however, is 
merely a slogan and catch-phrase, 
they.added, without any real mean- 
ing or likelihood of achievement 

'Nowhere in the testimony of the 
many witnesses before the subcom- 
mittee is it claimed that at present 
there is In fact no 'community selec- 
tion' or no 'home rule' in motion pic- 
(Contlnued on page 25) 



Wednesday, June 14, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



SAG OPPOSES ' 1 BIG UNION' 



What's Behind It Afl 



A major Government beef Is declared based upon stock values of a 
reorganized company; large blocks of the securities of which were 
given to. individuals at the time a merger of interests was affected sev- 
eral years ago. On advice of counsel at the time of the stock divisions, 
the individuals are said to have established several separate investment 
trusts in the names of minors. One prominent executive is said to 
have created a trust for his nephews. 

' Varying values of the stock shares were given by attorneys at the 
time the investment trusts were created. Successful operation of the 
reorganized company and the resultant brisk market created for the 
securities has created immense values to the several holdings. 

Government prosecutors are said to be proceeding in their claims 
for heavy imposts on the lines of court decision which was handed 
down about a year ago in the case of U. S. vs. Robert T. Jones, one- 
time golf champion. On his retirement as an amateur player, Jones 
received from Warner Bros, compensation amounting to $100,000 to 
appear in a series of goU films. The whole amount was set aside as 
an Investment trust for his children. The Goveirnment charged that 
Income tax was payable on the amount received and after a series of 
decisions, the Government's claim was sustained by the court 

In the current instance the sums involved are many times greater 
than the Jones Investment trust, and if the Government's contention to 
value the stock Involved at $25 a share is sustained. In contrast to 
original valuation of $10, the fax to be collected and the penalties to 
be exacted may run into several million dollars. 

Principals have been In New York for several days attempting to 
work out a satisfactory settlement with representatives of the Internal 
Revenue office. - 



More Crackdowns on Pix, D.C. Reports; 
Top Execs in ADeged Tax Evasions 



Washington, June 13. 

More legal headaches were In 
(tore this week for the film industry 
despite armistice gestures by the 
Commerce Department and hint that 
scheduled supplemental anti-trust 
suits may be averted by reforms. 

Criminal prosecution of Individ- 
uals, not companies, on tax evasion 
charges was nearing as the Justice 
^Department and Internal Revenue 
Bureau officials parleyed with coun- 
sel for persons whose finances have 
been the subject of Inquiry. At the 
same time, the HJ. was nearing a 
decision whether to Invoke the un- 
teted criminal features' of the 
Wagner Act In order to prevent sub- 
terfuges which allegedly have had 
the effect of compelUng studio work- 
ers to Join American Federation of 
I<abor unions. 

Sour note in the New Deal ap- 
peasement chorus was hit by Attor- 
ney-General Murphy Wednesday (7) 
when he asserted at bis weekly press 
conference: 

1. Criminal case has been whipped 
together as result of Treasury 
agents* sleuthing Into income tax 
evasion reports involving some of 
the top figures In Hollywood circles. 

2. Announcement is due 'within 
lO^days whether the Department 
wiU launch a criminal acUon on the 
strength of Its findings about film 
labor matters. 

3. While the trust-busters are 
^uY^^ to,l«sten to any suggestions 
which will bring trade practices 
closer into line with New Deal prin- 
ciples, the JusUce Department is de- 
termmed to compel the industry to 
alter its conduct. 

Another load of trouble was being 
readied simultaneously at the Capi- 
tol, where the Neely blU was due 
for early consideraUon In the Sen- 
ate. In the House, where film re- 
lorm measures have been side- 
stepped for several years, Congress- 
man Lyle H. Boren, Oklahoma 
democrat, was putting finishing 
touches on a bUl severing exhibition 
and production, as the Justice De- 
partment has attempted to bring 
about via court action. Boren hopes 
to get his biU, which he has been 
considering for three years. Into the 
hopper before the end of the week. 
Much Abrm 

The Justice Department crusade 
was a more Immediate concern to 
industry representatives, despite 
feeling of assurance that nothing 
serious will happen and atmosphere 
of optimism following the first Com- 
merce Department talks. While 
Murphy Indicated the door Is not 
closed to negotiations, the Federal 
prosecutors suggested there Is scant 
chance that trouble can be ducked 
even with the help of Secretary of 
Commerce Hopkins. Remarks of 
the A.G. lent emphasis to the con- 
(Contlnued on page 23) 



Goldwyn's Hiatus 



Hollywood, June 1-3. 
Although four films are being 
screenplayed, Samuel Goldwyn may 
lay off production until fall after 
The Real Glory' is flnaled. 



Znkor Sails From 
Coast July 1 on His 
Aussie Inspection 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Adolph Zukor is passing the rest 
of June at the studio and sails July 1 
for Honolulu where he will be joined 
by John W. Hicks, Jr, foreign sales 
chief for his trip to Australia. 

Hicks sails from Vancouver July 
5. After discussions with Zukor at 
the studio, Harry Hiinter, Aussie 
sales head for Par, boats back to his 
base. Stanton Griflis is huddling a 
few more days with studio execs be- 
fore returning east. 



Hunter's Bad Gam 

Harry Hunter, Paramdunt's man- 
ager in Australia, missed the inter- 
national sales convention on the 
Coast last week because of a leg In- 
fection suffered shortly after arriv 
ing in New York. This caused him 
to rest quietly in Manhattan until 
last Saturday (10) when he trained 
for Los Angeles. 

Hunter plans to sail for Australia 
after' a brief conference at the stu- 
dios. 



DISNEY-RKO HITCH ON 
TINOCCHIO' DISTRIB 



Roy Disney and Gunther Lesslng, 
attorney for Wait Disney Produc- 
tions, are in New York for the RKO 
convention and to negotiate the re- 
lease of 'Pinocchio,' Disney's No. 2 
feature-length cartoon. 

Percentage discussions are stymied 
as Disney is holding out against a 
straight 25% to RKO for distribu- 
tion, the same terms as obtained with 
'Snow White.' 



Altschuler at Rep. 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Dick Altschuler moved In as head 
of the purchasing department at 
Republic, replacing H. R. Brown, 
who shifted over as assistant to E. H. 
Goldman, studio manager. 

Altschuler formerly headed the 
American Record Co. 



SERVESNOM 
ON THE m 



Screen Players Fear It Might 
Place Control in a Small 
Group of Paid Employees 
— Show Biz Too Scattered 
with Legit East, Films 
West, Radio All Over 



WHITEHEAD PROBE 



Screen Actors Guild yesterday 
(Tues.) served notice on its Associ- 
ated Actors and Artistes of America 
affiliates that it opposes the forma- 
tion of 'one big union.' At the same 
time It Indicated that it continues to 
favor the proposals, drawn up 18 
months ago looking toward a con- 
solidated setup of the parent union 
and Its member groups. 

SAG'S action wbs made known by 
Kenneth Thomson, its executive-sec- 
retary, currently In New York and 
due to return to the Coast tomor- 
row (Thursday) night Union's board 
considered the 'one big union' idea 
recently and instructed Thomson to 
reveal its position. Action was to 
avoid misunderstanding regarding 
SAG'S stand in the matter to take 
root and subsequently embarrass its 
affiUates. ^ 
. Picture union's principal reason 
for opposing 'one big union' is that 
such a setup might tend to create 
control of actor affairs by a small 
group of paid employees, or by some 
particular faction. There is also a 
geographic angle, since the film busi- 
ness centers on the Coast, legit in 
New York, and such activities as 
radio are spread over the country. 
It is felt that each union should 
headquarter where its activities are 
located. If 'one big union' were es- 
tablished with headquarters in New 
York, the SAG board fears Its only 
representation (and therefore too 
much control) would be vested in a 
paid employee representative. Actors 
composing the union's board intend 
to retain active control of their own 
organization's policies. 

Idea of a single treasury for the 
Four A's is also nixed by SAG, on the 
ground that control of the finances of 
any organization amounts to control 
of the organization itself. However, 
such points as joint offices, combined 
bookkeeping systems, a single mem- 
bership card, a common house organ, 
mutual organizers, etc., are still fa- 
vored by the screen outfit. Mean- 
while, Mrs. Florence Marston, SAG's 
eastern rep, will continue to huddle 
with other Four A's committee mem- 
bers on methods for bringing about 
the desired administrative consolida- 
tions. 

In re: Ralph Wbltebead 

Four A's committee which has for 
the last four months l>een investiga- 
ting Ralph Whitehead and his official 
conduct as executive-secretary of 
the American Federation of Actors, 
filed its report with the parent un- 
ion's international board Monday 
(12) afternoon. In a circumspectly- 
worded statement, the board an- 
nounced that the report was 'critical 
of Mr. Whitehead and the conduct 
of the AiFA', but failed to render any 
disposition of the case. Sophie Tuck- 
er, AFA president, filed a wdtten 
statement with the board, giving her 
union's position concerning the sit- 
uation. Board thereupon resolved to 
hold hearings, with witnesses, on the 
Investigating committee's report 
Hearings are expected to begin In 
three or four weeks. 

Although none of those concerned 
would comment, the careful wording 
of the board's statement 'and uncon- 
firmed reports emanating from Four 
A circles hinted that Whitehead's 
position Is doubtful. Investigation 
was tmdertaken at the insistence of 
the AFA exec, who said he had been 
the subject of repeated rumors and 
that he wanted a showdown. That 
was not long after Harry R. Calkins, 
(Continued on page 10) 



rypalionV $100,0006 way Rental 
Recalls Other Fancy 1st Run Coin 



Add: Alibis 



'It's the Santa Anita handicaps 
that are to blame for my punk 
pictures,' one exhibitor visiting - 
in New . York this week com- 
plained. 

"The men go to the racetracks 
and the film business goes to 
the dogs.' 



WARNERS SHin 
STOCKHOLDINGS 



Washington, June 13. . 

Lively exchange of 6% convertible 
Warner Bros, debentures recorded 
among Jack, Harry and Albert War- 
ner on April 11 by the Securities 
& Exchange' Commission. 

Greatest turnover, was listed for 
Albert Warner, who exchanged 
$1,739,000 in the 6%ers In exchange 
tor new . debentures. Harry Warner 
swapped $1,379,000 of the same for 
new- tickets, with Jack trailing with 
a mere $1,183,000 transfer. Brothers 
held,' at month's end, the following 
in common and cumulative preferred 
stocks: 

Albert Warner, 59,648 shares com- 
mon and 14,884 shares $3.85 cumu- 
lative preferred; Jack Warner, 28,- 
560 shares common, 14,884 shares 
cumulative, and Harry Warner, 62,- 
860 shares common and 9,884 shares 
preferred. 

Other picture stock transactions 
involved Loew's, Paramount and 
Universal, as follows: Five shares of 
Loew's Boston Theatres common 
stock purchased by Loew's, Inc., the 
parent company — bringing holdings 
at the end of April to 99,692 shares. 
Sale by J. Robert Rubin, Manhattan 
officer and director, of 400 shares 
Iioew's, Inc., •common stock, leaving 
Rubin with 33,075 shares. 

Stanton Grlffis, director -of Para- 
mount, bought 3,000 shares of Par 
common stock In April, and Preston 
Davie, New York director, acquired 
10 shares of Universal Pictures 8% 
cumulative . 1st ■ preferred stock to 
bring his holdings to 120 shares. 

Purchase of 200 shares of Colum- 
bia Broadcasting System, Inc., Class 
A stock by Harry Butcher, Wash- 
ington v.p. of the company, revealed 
by SEC. In addition to the acquisi- 
tion . by the Washington exec, Jo- 
seph A. W. Iglehart, New York di- 
rector, increased his holdings in the 
same company by 400 shares — reach- 
ing a total of 2,600 shares by the 
end of the month. 



Sid Kent's Physical 
Condition OK, a Johns 
Hopkins Check Showed 



Before sailing for South America 
to attend 20th-Fox sales convention 
in Rio de Janeiro, S. R. Kent under- 
went a thorough physical checkup 
at Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore. 
Examination is said to have revealed 
the 20th-Fox prexy did not have any 
serious heart condition as he had 
suspected. 

Reported in the trade that Kent 
wanted to give up the top rein's at 
20th-Fox because of worry over his 
condition. With this mental strain 
off his mind, those close to Kent as- 
sert he has abandoned any thought 
of easing up on his present film ac- 
tivities. 



Simon, M-G Renew 

Hollywood, June 13. 
Metro and S. Sylvana Simon got 
together on a new director contract, 
a month before expiration of the old 
pact 

Currently Simon is piloting These 
Glamour Girls.' 



In the course of Its 23 weeks' en- 
gagement at the Astor theatre, N. Y^ 
'Pygmalion' paid In film rentals to 
the Metro film exchange slightly 
more than $100,000, based on percen- 
tages of the weekly boxoffice take. 

Its successor, 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips,' 
which is continuing the extended 
run, popular price policy. In con- 
trast to the twb-a-day operation 
which obtained at the Astor for sev- 
eral years, is holding to the same 
rate of attendance and rentals. 
'Chips' is regarded by showmen as 
having a more difficult course to. 
follow, particularly against the mid- 
summer hot spells. 

Although the engagement of 
'Wutherlng Heights' (Goldwyn-UA) 
at the RivoU held for seven weeks, 
or one-third the run of 'Pygmalion,' 
the larger capacity at the Rlvoll pro- 
duced first run film rental of $70,000, 
top figures. Largest first run rental 
in several Jrears on Broadway is at- 
tributed to 'Snow White' at the 
Radio City Music Hall (five weeks) 
which is said to have garnered 
$140,000, eclipsing a 'pop price' rec- 
ord of $90,000, held for some years 
by 'Bulldog Drummond' (Goldwyn- 
UA) at the Rialto, N. Y. 

Record holder among continuous 
policy film rental Broadway engage- 
ments was Charles Chaplin In 'City 
Lights,' some years ago at ;he 
George M. Cohan theatre. Gloria 
Swanson in 'The Trespasser' paid off 
In six figures at the RiSlto on 
Broadway, 

Roadshow engagements of "Big 
Parade,' 'Covered Wagon,' Ten Com- 
mandments', 'Ben Hur' and 'Birth of 
a Nation' during their extended 
Broadway two-a-day bookings at $2 
scale exceeded current, figures of 
film rentals. 



DE MULE RENEWS AT 
PAR FOR 4 MORE YEARS 



Hollywood, June 13. 
Cecil B. DeMille signed, a new 
four-year contract as producer-di- 
rector at Paramount Pact goes Into 
effect on completion of his next pic- 
ture. 

Opus is 'Royal Canadian Mounted,* 
to be bathed in Technicolor. 



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INDEX 

BlUs 48-49 

Chatter 53 

Dance Bands.. 43-45 

15 Years Ago 49 

Film Booking Chart 26 

Film Reviews 14 

Film Showmanship 8 

House Reviews 22-23 

Inside — Music 45 

Inside— Legit 50 

Inside Pictures 10 

International 13 

Legitimate 50-52 

Literati 27 

Music 43-45 

New Acts 23 

Night Clubs 46-47 

Obituary 54 

Outdoors 55 

Pictures 2-29 

Radio 30-42 

Radio Reviews 40-41 

Radio — International 42 

Television 33-36 

Unit Review 23 

Vaudeville 46-47 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, June 14, 1939 



SHARP SETBACK TO MAJORS AS COURT 
ORDERS, 'FILE ANSWER WITHIN 10 DAYS' 



Sketchy Bill of Particulars Sticks — Judge Bondy 
Catechizes Film Cos. for Stalling the Govern- 
ment's Anti-Trust Suit 



Almost completely denying the re- 
quests of the major Aim companies 
for a further bill of particulars, 
Federal Judge William Bondy on 
Monday (12) in New York, granted 
five isolated demands which should 
prove of no more benefit to the ma- 
jors than the bill of particulars. The 
court indicated that it was its be- 
lief that the defendants were not 
using all possible speed in their prep- 
aration, and ordered them to file an 
answer within 10 days after the filing 
of the new bill of particulars. 

The majors, as a result of this 
move, are very much on the spot, 
since, as soon as their answer is 
filed, the government can have the 
case placed on the ready calendar 
for trial, something they have been 
fighting almost a year to prevent 

In the particulars granted, the 
companies had asked it the U. S. 
claims that they have imposed unfair 
trade practices against independent 
exhibitors, whether or not they were 
in competition with an affiliate. The 
answer of the U. S, had' been that 
it -was true, whether there was com- 
petition or not The majors asked, 
and now are entitled to receive a 
statement with respect to each in- 
stance where, unfair trade practices 
are charged, that the U. S. has on 
. hand at the moment 

Next the U. S. must state whether, 
in using the term 'exhibitor-defend- 
ant,' they meant 'producer-exhibitor 
defendant,' and to name each one. 

Also the government must name 
each defendant who is claimed to 
have been; or is presently engaged, 
in each of the unfair trade prac- 
tices. 

Next the U. S. must state the na- 
ture of the participation or interest 
which constitutes the type of con^ 
trol or interest in a theatre, which 
determines that it is an affiliated the- 
atre. 

This was all that Judge Bondy al 
lowed. Then he stated, 'None of the 
defendants has stated that the par- 
ticulars furnished to Columbia or 
United Artists are necessary for him 
to prepare a responsive pleading for 
trial Moreover the defendants have 
been dilatory in presenting this ap- 
plication, which- is made many 
months after they were aware that 
Columbia and UA had requested 
these particulars, and a considerable 
time after the court granted such re 
quests. The application is accord 
ingly denied.' 

' The Denlef Queries 

These requests, which were denied, 
constituted the major part of the 
companies' attack, and if granted, 
would have meant months on the 
part of the Government in prepara- 
tion. They were: 

1. The meaning of the word 'com^ 
pelled.' 

2. Specify the respects In which 
rental terms and conditions of avail- 
iability including clearance and zon- 
ing are harsh and arbitrary. 

3. Does the U.S. claim that the li 
censing by distributors to large un- 
affiliated chains in accordance with 
their size and extent of buying 
power was part of the monopoly 
and if so, identify each such in 
stance. 

4. Define 'systematically excluded, 

5. State the meaning of 'forced:' 

6. State the respects in which 
clearance and zoning schedules are 
Arbitrary and unreasonable.' 

7. J^ame each exhibitor who was 
permitted to contract for more films 
than he could legitimately use, and 
name the exhibitor, theatre, and de 
fendant who eave him product 

8. State whether each defendant 
had knowledge of overbuying, and 
was it the result of an agreement 

0. State the respects in which 
films rentals are 'harsh, unconsciable, 
and discriminatory.' 

10. Name each independent 'forced 
to pay f6ur-flve times as much' for 
product as an ailillatcd competing 
theatre. 

11. Name each independent 'forced 
to license through percentage,' and 
also each instance where minimum 
admission prices were charged. 

12. Name' the exhibitor, theatre 
and place where double features 
were not allowed. 

13. The same as to' the spots where 
(Continued on page 25) 



Hillbifly Haligan 
Epistles 1 from Chi 



Prince Mike's Party 
A Social Click and A 
ShiU for Clover Chib 



Chicago, June 13. 

Editor Vaiuety: 

Here I am in what I have nick- 
named the 'Windy City and the place 
of my lower birth. The city swelters 
and are the beeches open. . .they is 
not So what greets the eye ot the 
delegate as he gaze's from his palatial 
Inside room at the Drake — thousands 
of peons smuggling swims in the 
cool of the limpid pools of Streeter- 
ville. You can boil a egg on the 
sidewalk it you can get a egg. 
.Persunlee I would preefer to be back 
in little old New York as 1 have 
facetiously termed same, and . you 
can have Chicago and its andirons. 
There is somethln about this place 
thai gets under your skin — like, a 
Missouri tick. For six weeks I has 
been here, solving the radio prob 
lums and all's I have to say is that, 
as of today, all I know is how to turn 
one off. 

Sum day soon my ambish is to 
be a Hollywood writer and bet all 
the tea In China that's where I end 
up. End up is right 

There are more dice games and 
roulette wheels and 50c horse rooms 
here than you can shake a stick at. 

am living at the Bar Six Ranch 
and you can double the line if you 
want to take the odds. The joints 
are wide open with everything the 
best including the percentage. 

It was with regret that I heard 
about Jaclwe Osterman but he picked 
out a spot that suited him to a tee, 
Atlantic City, the playground of the 
world. 'When my time comes I 
want to go with an attack of indiges- 
tion from too much caviar and the 
way things are now that end looks 
like a long ways off. 

Jack Barrymore is roughing it out 
here living in a oxygen tent which 
is composed off Haitch Two Oh, and 
the very idea must be abhorrent 

'Well, perhaps I should have stood 
within my means and sent you a 
postcard — what I call ^a depression 
telegram. But I am in a spending 
mood in this gay Chicago-day that 
reminds me of the. steam room in 
the Fleishman baths. 

Bill Halli^an. 



flIPPDA Meeting Today 
Probably Be Postponed 



Directors of the Motion Picture 
Producers & Distributors of America, 
Inc., are scheduled to meet today 
(Wednesday) but the quarterly 
session probably will be adjourned 
without any action to a later date 
because so few directors are in 
N. Y. No exact schedule of topics 
has been arranged, but the foreign 
situation, legislative-judicial front, 
television and discussion of ways and 
means of re'viving business this fall 
are subjects that may be brouglit up 
for action. 

Discussions on the foreign align- 
ment are expected to include report 
on Italy, possibilities in Spain and 
developments in Australia. Succes- 
sor for Sir 'Victor Wilson, head of 
the Motion Picture Distributors As- 
soc. in Australia, may be passed on 
at the adjourned session when it Is 
held. Wilson steps down and re- 
tires from active picture business at 
the end of this month. 



Hollywood, June 13. 
Mike RomanofE threw a party 
Saturday (10) night. It was a fore- 
most social function ot the year. 
Everyone who is anyone and his 
cousin turned out to pay homage to 
Mike. 

Romanoff sent out about 400 invi- 
taUons, all of them saying R.S.V.P., 
which is high class for 'leave us 
know.' Out of the 400, about 700 
called up to accept. About 1,000 
showed up, including practically 
every star and producer in town 
who played it straight It was a 
high-class affair to them, and they 
were there to have fun. But there 
were a few wise guys from Holly 
wood and 'Vine who wanted to know 
what the gimmick was. They were 
answered by hauteur and nose-in- 
air. 

Nevertheless there was a gimmick. 
The party was thrown at the Clover 
Club. It was the first time that any- 
one in town knew the Clover Club 
was ready to do. business again — and 
everyone found out pleasantly and 
at the same time. If the joint gets 
50% of the mob present back regu 
larly, it'll do okay. 

The invitation got a ripple from 
Hollywood which is anxious to 
laugh, anyway. On stylish paper 
and with a regal-looking R on the 
outside (but not engraved, ts, ts, ts!) 
it read: 

To Discharge His Social Obliga- 
'tlons. Past and Future, His Im- 
perial Highness, Prince Michael 
Romanoff, Commands .(space for a 
name, written in by hand) to At 
tend a Buffet Supper on Saturday 
Evening, June the Tenth, at the 
Clover Club. 9 P.M. R.S.VP, 
Formal. 

'Guests 'Will Please Bring Their 
Own Liquor and Fee the Servants, 
'Gentlemen in Attendance: Rob' 
ert Benchley, Monte Brice, James 
Cagney, Charles Chaplin, Harry 
Crocker, Charles K. Feldman, 'Wil- 
liam Grady, Cary' Grant, Mark 
Hellinger, Charles Lederer, Her- 
bert Marshall, John McClain 
Frank Morgan, Jay Paley, Everett 
Riskin, Robert RIskin, Edward G. 
Robinson, George Rosenberg, Ran- 
dolph Scott, Jules Stein, Eddie 
Sutherland, Danny Winkler.' 
While most of the mob enjoyed 
laughing at that invite, there were 
a few who worried about the eighth 
word. The majority of those pres- 
ent, however, didn't let a little thing 
like that worry 'em. After all, 
Hollywood is still — and probably al- 
ways will be — Chumpville, U.S.A 
Anything for a laugh. 



Fred Scott's Personals 



Lubbock, Texas, June 13. 
Fred Scott, Spectrum's singing 
western star, opened a series of per- 
sonals ' at the Arcadia, local indie, 
Friday (9). Scott goes to Arkansas 
ior 13 one-day dates before swinging 
back Into west Texas for other ap- 
pearances. 

He is due back on the Coast the 
latter part of July, to start on 'The 
Whistling Cowboy,' first of a new 
series produced by C. C. Burr for 
Spectrum. 



HABSWICEE'S 'INVISIBLE' 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Universal has signed Sir Cedric 
Hardwicke for "The Invisible Man 
Returns.' 

Joe May directs chiller. 



Phifly Stance on Buying Pools 

Philadelphia, June 13. 

Buying pool, being talked of by some exhibs here, seems highly 
Improbable for the Philly territory, according to execs of Indie or- 
ganizations. Sector Is too highly competitive, they say, for such a 
plan to work out, as it has in some other sections of the country. 

'Inasmuch as a buying pool requires that every house operator lay 
all his cards on the table concerning what he is paying and has paid 
for film,' one exhib leader declared, 'a buying pool is not feasible here. 
No Philadelphia exhibitor wants to reveal what deals he is getting, 
for every one, no matter how shabbily he is being treated, thinks he 
is getting — or has a chance of getting — a better break- than his com- 
petition.' • 

Oklahsma's AtUtnde 

Oklahoma City, June 13. 

Before' leaving to attend the Allied convention, the Allied Theatre 
Owners unit of this state went on record against the code, although 
its members In that territory may be free, as in other states, to accept 
the provisions of the trade practices pact if they individually so desire. 

The Oklahoma Allied body also took action in connection with the 
proposed buying pool for that zone. A proposal that It be part and- 
parcel of the staters Allied organization was voted down in favor of 
the formation of a separate corporation to cover. 



U. S. Won't Ease Up 



(Continued from page 1) 



directed against Griffith Amusement 
Co.; Consolidated Theatres, Inc.; 
R. E. Griffith Theatres, Inc.; and 
Westex Theatres, Inc. Names of new 
independent defendants are withheld 
for the present 

With scores ot exhibitor leaders 
and hundreds of individual owners 
meeting in Minneapolis this week, at 
the annual conclave ot Allied States 
Association, Arnold Is not unwilling 
that his department's course of ac- 
tion should be made known to all 
Interests in the film industry. It 
convention delegates agree to accept 
the Industry's code of self-adminis- 



D. J. Non-Committal 



'Washington, June 13, 
Questioned on the point 
whether the anti-trust division 
of the Department of Justice 
would encourage a joint confer- 
ence between officials of the de- 
partment, film executives, and 
exhibitor leaders to discuss the 
proposed trade practice code and 
rules of arbitration of film in- 
dustry disputes, a department 
spokesman declared the Govern- 
ment was not concerned with the 
provisions of the code. 

Statement was made that any 
such code, basis ot which pro- 
vides for continuation of current 
trade practices which are sub- 
ject of attack in pending Govern- 
ment anti-trust suits, would not 
be considered proper topic for 
debate, pending disposal of the 
legal issues of the suits. There- 
after, it was said, the department 
might discuss a trade practice 
code, but not before; 



Stndio Contracts 



Hollywood, June 13. 

George Bessalo inked player, ticket 
at Warners. 

Metro handed new player deal to 
Virginia Grey. 

Universal signed Tom Fadden, ac- 
tor. 

Jeffrey Lynn draw new ticket at. 
Warners. 

Metro signed Owen Atkinson, 
writer. 

Robert C. DuSoe inked scripting 
pact at Metro. 

Metro renewed player contracts ot 
LenI Lynn and Ed Kilroy. 

Paramount took two-picture op- 
tion on Margaret Lockwood, British 
actress, under contract . to Gains- 
borough Pictures. 

RKO signed Helene Fortescue Rey- 
nolds and changed her name to 
Joyce Gardner. 

'Warners picked up cameraman op- 
tion on Charles Rosher. 

Metro handed writing pact to 
Kathryn Scola. 

Anne Gwynne penned player con- 
tract at Universal 



tratlon of exhib-dlstrib relations, 
such acceptance will not alter civil 
anti-trust prosecutions already filed, 
or contemplated. 

Self-Regulation Code 

No Concern of Gov't 

Latest drafts of the self-regulation 
code and the accompanying plan of 
arbitration are . in the hands ot 
prosecutors In the anti-trust divi- 
sion, but there has been no expres- 
sion with respect to the legal fair- 
ness of the trade rules, or the 
legality of the arbitration machinery 
On the contrary, the Government 
legal chiefs are said to have ex- 
amined the papers only in a cursory 
manner. 

Reports to the effect that the De- 
partment of Justice will ease up 
prosecutions on the theory that 
overtures for a consent decree will be 
soon forthcoming from the industry 
through the friendly offices of Sec- 
retary of Commerce Harry L. Hop- 
kins, with whom leading film exec- 
utives have discussed industry prob- 
lems, are discounted entirely by. 
anti-trust officials. Latter are said 
to have repeated 'within the past few 
days to Commerce Department emis- 
saries that Arnold and his asso- 
ciates will be Interested in discus- 
sions only if the five theatre-own- 
ing majors come to conferences with 
the determination to divorce exhi- 
bition completely from producing 
and distributing functions. This is 
the main issue in the action now 
pending before Judge William Bondy, 
in the New York district, and di- 
rectly concerns Paramount, Loew's, 
RKO-RadIo, Warner Bros, and 20th 
Century-Fox. 

On the best authority it is declared 



that Arnold holds the belief that di- 
vorcement ot exhibition from pro- 
ducer-distributor Interests offers the 
only solution ot alleged violations ot 
the anti-trust statutes. Furthermore, 
he is said to have reaffirmed within 
the week -the opinion that previous 
adjustments of anti-monopolistic ac-^ 
tlons through the channels of i:oh- 
sent decrees have failed as satisfac- 
tory solutions to industry troubles. 
He in.slsts the issues shall be brought 
before a trial judge, because, he 
says, the motion picture business is ' 
not a private affair, but a matter of 
vital concern not only to those Im- 
mediately engaged in the industry, 
but to the millions who attend film 
theatres every week. 

Justice Dept. Wants Free 
Competition Back Again 

That the concern ot the Depart- 
ment of Justice is wholly one of 're- 
storing' free competition in the film 
industry is the basis for the addi- 
tional suits, now in preparation, 
which aim to break monopolies al- 
leged to be enjoyed by powerful 
independent chains. In the volu-. 
mlnous flies of the department are 
hundreds of complaints. It is said, 
involving alleged illegal restraints 
on the part of unaffiliated circuits.. 
Some of the practices complained 
about, ' particularly with respect to 
control of product, are considered 
more flagrant than complaints by 
independents against affiliated cir- 
cuits. 

Chief reason why the anti-tru.^t 
division is not interested in the pro- 
jected plan for Industry seU-regula- 
tion is the conviction of department 
heads that any code of fair prac- 
tices, predicated upon the existing 
status quo, does not and cannot re- 
move the fundamental illegalities, 
as the department views them. En- 
forced blockbooking of films, Arnold 
believes, compels Independent ' the- 
atres to operate under terms which 
leave them very little freedom In the 
selection of film and in the manage- 
ment of their own business. He ' 
further states that Independent pro- 
ducers flnd.it practically impossible 
to obtain a satisfactory market for 
their film because of the domination 
by the major companies over the 
exhibition houses. 

On the point of public Interest 
Arnold says that theatre patrons in 
any given community are not given 
an opportunity to exercise choice as 
to the type of picture they desire to 
see. He further states that as mat- 
ters now stand, each community Is 
regimented into accepting the kind 
of picture which will make the most 
profits on a nation-wide scale, even 
If the fllni Is wholly contrary to the 
local community taste. 

U Out $3^50 On 

Pat O'Brien Deal 

Los Angeles, June 13. 
Universal lost Its $3,250 suit 
against Pat O'Brien, Warner sUr. 
In superior court . Studio claimed it 
brought actor from Niew Yorji in 
1933 to play 'Kid Gloves,' which 
never was produced. Under a sepa- 
rate deal, 0;BrIen agreed to make 
another picture and accepted $3,250 
to apply on future salary. . . 

Later, O'Brien signed a contract 
with Warners and was not available 
when U wanted him. Harry Soke- 
lov, the actor's attorney, showed that 
O'Brien was ready to carry out his 
U pact on various occasions, but the 
studio bad no picture ready. 



^ednesdaj, June 14, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



BAHUNG IT OUT IN MPLS. 



NDIES PREPllliE 
TO SPILL IT ALL 



Some Afraid of Reprisals If 
They Air Their Peeves Too 
Vigorously — General 
Roundtable HearMo-Heart 



ASSURED irS OK 



By LES BEES 

lAinneapoIis, June 13. 
As Allied States opened its three- 
day national convention here today 
(Tuesday), independent exhibitors 
on hand from all parts of the United 
States were trying to get ' up their 
.nerve so ^ey'd have the spirit to 
' tell top producer-distributor execu- 
tives attending the gathering what 
I they think is wrong with the in- 
dustry. 

Rightly or wrongly, the independ- 

- ents assembled here believe that, if 

- they voice their grievances from the 
convention floor at the open forums, 
the distributing companies may 'hold 
It against them' and "inake it hot' 

' when it comes to film buying, etc. — 
putting them on 'a bad boy list,' as 
It were. 

' A number of Independents, from 
this territory particularly, who do 

. the most bellyaching and complain- 
ing and who are most violent in 
their denunciations of the 'wicked' 

; producer-distributors and 'unjust 
trade practices,' off the record, are 
expected to be entirely Ine'rUculate 
at this convention. They just can't 
arouse their courage sufficiently to 

. tell the big fellows what they think 
of them. 

Producer-distributor representa- 
tives Insist they would welcome 

■ candoi^that they want the Indies to 
•get It all off their chests. They 
..declare it's ridiculous to think that 

such frank and open criticism will 
^be received Intolerantly instead of as 
'constructive, .helpful proposals to 
promote better trade relations. 

At the same time, the producer, 
distributor heads are expected to do 
a little 'from the shoulder speaking' 
themselves in expressing their opin- 
ions of the tactics and business meth- 

■ ods of 'many unfair Independent 
exhibitors.' They'll mlnee no words, 
It is believed. 

Ed Kuykendall, president of 
MPTOA, is attending the convea 
tton after all. He promised Con 
ventlon Chairman SteflTes to come 
and then changed his mind 'because 
.MPTOA and Allied SUtes have 
nothing in common, anyway.' What 
prompted his ultimate decision to 
participate isn't known, but Steffes 
and other Allied heads expressed 
pleasure that he's on hand. 

Some of the prominent Twin City 
Independent exhibitors who are 
afraid to tell the producer-distribu- 
tor representatives at the open for- 
ums that film prices are too high 
and product Is Inferior proposed to 
employ an attorney to present their 
Jgde of the case at the Wednesday- 
Thursday (14-15) sessions. Any such 
attorney, however, would be Tticked 
out of the meeting along with the 
theatre owners responsible for his 
employment, asserted Convention 
Chairman SteSes. 

Scores Tellow* Exhibs 

'If exhibitors bre too yellow to 
speak out and stand up for their 
rights themselves, they're getting 
.Just what they deserve,' declared 
Steffes. 

The group in question said that a 
complaining exhibitor would be re- 
garded by the producer-distributors 
as -'a trouble maker' and the com- 
panies might make it hot for him 
when he tried to buy pictures. So. 
he .couldn't afford to denounce the 
distributors from the convention 
floor In the producer-distributor rep- 
resentatives' presence as most exr 
hibs would like to do. It was as- 
serted. 

But Steffes Insisted that the Inde- 
pendent exhibitors would have to do 
their own fighting. He derided the 
(Continued on page 20) 



Included Out 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Samuel Goldwyn's flackery 
has the quickest turnover In 
Hollywood. 

Recent resignation of Gregory 
Dickson as head press agent was 
the 3Sth in 16 yean. 



$1M SUITS 
FOR DARRIEUX 



Paris, June 5. 

Danielle Darrieux has left the 
Kleig lights to take another accuS' 
tomed role in three suits in the local 
civil courts involving 3,500,000 francs 
(about $100,000). 

Two film companies, one Ameri- 
can and the other French, RKO and 
the Regina Society, claim damages 
from the French film star for alleged 
breach of contract. .Miss Darrieux, 
who's said to have promised to make 
a picture, later refused and started 
work for other companies, It's al- 
leged. 

In a third suit she and her huS' 
band, Henry Decoin, brought action 
against the Regina before the Conseil 
des Prud'hommes (Commercial 
Court) claiming 500,000 francs dam- 
ages because, she alleged, it failed 
to make alterations In the scenario 
of 'French Cancan,' In which she wais 
to appear. Judgment has been held 
over. 

In eiach of the cases in which the 
French actress has been sued, her 
lawyer, Maitre Levy-Oulman, argued 
that the scenarios were shown to her 
and that she consequently refused to 
act in those roles. The 'agreements,' 
he said, never went beyond the con- 
versation stage. 

In the damage suit brought by 
RKO before the Fifth CivU Tribunal, 
in which Miss Darrieux and Decoin 
are being sued for 1,000,000 francs, 
(about $35,000), the star is charged 
with failure to appear on the com- 
pany's film lots for a picture, as 
scheduled through an agent 



LINDA WARE IN MIDDLE 
OF PARENTAL LAW SUIT 



Detroit, June 13. 
George W. Stillwagon became in- 
terested in his daughter, Linda 
Ware, only after she made progress 
on the screen, Emil Colombo, at- 
torney for the ingenue's aunt, Mrs. 
Anna Stillwagon, charged here last 
week, at opening hearing on father's 
petition to be appointed girl's guard 
ian. 

Colombo also challenged the Wayne 
County Probate Court's right to 
take action in the case, pointing out 
that both the moppett and her aunt 
are legal residents of California 
having lived there nine, years. Miss 
Ware is currently working in a pic 
with BIng Crosby, and Paramount 
is planning an ambitious preem here 
at tke Michigan theatre. 

Stillwagon began the proceedings 
recently because he wanted 'to avoid 
another Jackie Copgan affair,' and 
proposed to set up a trust fund for 
Miss Ware's earnings, giving her at 
least half of the earnings without 
strings, 

Colombo testified that Stillwagon. 
did not appear at. the California 
court hearing last October, which 
made Mrs. Anna Stillwagon the 
moppet's legal guardian, 'Her fa- 
ther showed no interest in her 
whatever,' Colombo said, 'imtil she 
made progress on the screen. It 
was her aunt who lavished affection 
on her and saw that she had voice, 
piano and dramatic lessons.' 



Tm Hats for Ritzes 



Hollywood, June 13, 
Next for the Ritz Bros at 20th-Fox 
is Tin Hats,' a wartime comedy to 
be produced by Sol M. Wurtzel with 
H. Bruce Humberstone directing. 

Jane Withers plays opposite the 
freres. 



Rodgers Mails 
Revised Codes 
To ExUb Execs 



Revised draft of the proposed 
trade practice code and rules of ar- 
bitration, governing the administra- 
tion of its provisions, was mailed on 
Monday (12) by William F. Rodgers, 
chairman of the distributors' commit- 
tee, to heads of national and state 
exhibitor organizations. Delivery of 
copies was timed to place the drafts 
in hands of exhibitor leaders prior 
to the sessions of Allied States Asso- 
ciation, meeting this week in Minne- 
apolis. 

Approval of the code will be asked 
from the Department of Justice, Rod- 
gers states in his letter which accom- 
panies the drafts. He writes: 

'Following the same course as be- 
fore, we are sending a copy of this 
letter and enclosure to the Depart- 
ment of Justice in accordance' with 
assurances of counsel that the de- 
partment would be kept informed of 
the results of our Industry confer- 
ences, . .Again we renew our pre- 
vious suggestion that a joint confer- 
ence be held with the Department 
of Justice at the earliest possible 
date for the purpose of obtaining its 
approval of these, trade practice pro- 
posals and considering the methods 
of putting them into effect' 

Rodgers' communication was ad- 
dressed to Ed Kuykendall MPTOA; 
Col. H. A, Cole, Allied States; Lee 
Moffitt Owensboro, Ky.; John 
Rugar, Salt Lake City; W. F. Crock- 
ett Virginia Beach, Va.; Harry 
Brandt New York; Charles R, Gil- 
mour, Denver; Leo F. Wolcott El- 
dora, la., and Albert A, Galston, Los 
Angeles. 



Uncensored Ad Lib 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Two unscripted words in 
'Sandy Takes a Bow* caused a 
fiurry among executives at Uni- 
versal They were 'ma-ma' 
and 'da-da,' gurgled unexpect- 
edly by Sandra HenvIUe, infant 
star of the production. 

From now on, Sandra will be 
encouraged to ad lib any time 
she is in the mood. 



PAR IN HIGH, 13 
THROUGH JULY 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Paramount is hitting a new pro- 
duction high for the year with seven 
features slated to roll before the end 
of this month and six more to go in 
July, 'Dr. Cyclops,' 'Death of a 
Champion,' 'Our Neighbors, the Car- 
ters' and 'Argentina' face the cam- 
eras this week, and 'The Light That 
Failed,' 'Paroles For Sale' and 'Dia- 
monds Are Dangerous' next week. 

July shooting sked calls for 'White 
Flame,' 'Seventeen,' 'Remember the 
Night' 'South of Samoa,' 'Emergency 
Squad' and 'Victor Herbert' 

Fred MacMurray gets the co-star- 
ring role with Barbara Stanwyck in 
'Remember the Night' at Par. 
Mitchell Lelsen directs. 



PASCAL'S BARBARA' 

AHEAD OF mmm: 



Both Sides in letty 
Lynton' Case to Argne 
Appeal; Dissatisfiei 



Argument will be heard in N. Y. 
circuit court of appeals tomorrow 
(Thurs.) on the appeals of Edward 
Sheldon and Margaret Ayer Barnes, 
and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 
Corp., Metro Distributing Corp.. 
Culver Export Corp. and Loew's, 
Inc., who are all dissatisfied with 
the decision of Federal Judge Vin 
cent L. Leibell. He awarded Mrs, 
Barnes and Sheldon $532,000 for the 
plagiarism of their play 'Dishonored 
Lady' by 'Letty Lynton,' the Metro 
film. 

John W. Davis will argue the case 
for Loew-Metro, contending that 
one-fifth the sume awarded would be 
a fair settlement. 

On the other hand, the successful 
plaintiffs are attempting to get the 
circuit court to allow them the full 
$587,000 awarded them by . special 
master Gordon Auchincloss. 



Toor Wives' Third in WB 
Series With Lane Sisters 



Hollywood, June 13, 
'Four Wives' is the third of the 
'Four Daughters' series at Warneris, 
rolling late next month with Michael 
Curtiz directing. 'Four Mothers,' 
originally skedded as third, moves 
back to fourth place. 

Cast contains the same players, 
Lola, Priscilla and Rosemary Lane, 
Gale Page and John Garfield, They 
recently completed 'Daughters Cour- 
ageous,* second of the series. 



NEW U STAGE BLOSSOMS 

Hollywood, June 13. 
Universal unveiled one of its two 
new sound stages yesterday (Mon.) 
for the opening sequence in 'I Stole 
Million,' co-starring George Raft 
and Claire Trevor. 

Stage, made up as a peach or- 
chard, wa$ dedicated by Mischa 
Auer, unofficial mayor of Universal 
City. 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Wendy Hlller and Sir Cedric 
Hardwicke have been signed for the 
leads in Gabriel Pascal's forthcoming 
production of George Bernard 
Shaw's 'Major Barbara.' Pascal 
leaves this weekend for N. Y. en 
route to Plnewood Studios, London. 
Picture. will be turned out by the 
same production imit which made 
'Pygmalion.' 

Two-picture deal for Metro world 
release of Pascal's next t^o Shaw 
productions, 'Major Barbara', and 
'Doctor's Dilemma,' Is near being 
signatured. 'Barbara' is taking prece- 
dence over 'DUemma,' which was to 
have been the next picture Gabriel 
planned to start : Reason for last- 
minute switch resulted from avail- 
ability of Wendy HiUer at this time 
for the feminine lead In 'Barbara,' 
plus InabUity of Metro and Pascal's 
General Films to get together on 
'Dilemma' for English quota require- 
ments. 



CODE OCCUPIES 




Heavy Attendance as Na> 
tional Allied Convention 
Under Way— Very Repre> 
sentative Turnout 



TOP EXECS PRESENT 



SCHIPA'S FILM BIDS 

WB and Par— Back Next Season for 
Extensive U. S. Tours 

Tito Schlpa returns professionally 
to the U. S. In October after an ab- 
sence of two years for concert 
opera, radio and picture engage 
ments. He opens the San Francisco 
opera reason Oct 1, In 'Manon' and 
will sing six performances there and 
in Los Angeles, After that he pro- 
ceeds to Chicago for the opera sea- 
son there, an appearance on the 
Ford Sunday evening hour, and to 
N. Y. He has picture bids from 
Warners and Paramount. His agent 
Harry Cahill, Is handling the film 
negotiations. 

A 26-week broadcasting set-up is 
also being arranged with a national 
spaghetti organization desirous of 
sponsoring. 

While In N. Y. this week, Schlpa 
is speaking to Edward Johnson, gen- 
eral manager of the Metropolitan 
Opera, toward arranging guest ap- 
pearances with that company. He 
leaves Friday (16) for 28 concert 
and radio appearances In Rio. ac- 
companied by his pianist Frederick 
Longas. 



She'll Tell All 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Sally EUers gets the femme lead 
in RKO's 'Full Confession,' which 
rolls next week with John Farrow 
directing, 

Victor McLaglen and Joseph Cal- 
leia share the top male spots. 



By BOT CHABTIEB 

Minneapolis. June 13. 
Code and arbitration were dis- 
cussed at the very first meeting of 
the National Allled's convention this 
(Tues.) morning by the board of 
directors. No action was decided 
upon or on the stand that Allied will 
assume. Admitting the trade practic* 
pact was up before the meeting. Col 
H, A, Cole, prez of National Allied, 
added, There Is nothing to be said 
officially for Allied on the code, or 
the result of its decisions at this 
moment' 

Understanding among director 
sources is that the code was only 
partially gone over, with not mora 
than a casual exchange of ideas re- 
garding arbitration. 

W. A. Steffes, Northwest Allled's 
president was unable to attend the 
meeting but denies that he has de- 
termined to fight for conditional 
adoption of the code and arbitration 
as reported, despite being quoted, on 
the inside, as wanting it for his Al- 
lied unit 

Told that Steffes Is rumored as 
favoring code approval with reser- 
vations. Col Cole commented, 'Such 
a stand on the part of any AUied 
leader is an Individual matter, after 
aU.' 

Col. Cole said that all units of 
National Allied were represented at 
the meeting. 

Coda Pabver 

Prospects for the adoption of the 
code, with reservations, and without 
prejudicing its rights as an indepen* 
dent exhibitor organization, or bene- 
fits that might accrue to it through 
the U. S. anti-trust suit and others, 
such as the Griffith case, are re- 
ported favorable, as theatre owners 
and distributor representatives by 
the carload poured Into Minneapo- 
lis today (Tuesday). 

Heavy registration suggests a rec- 
ord crowd with probably ' over £00 
making up the final list Additional 
arrivals are due tomorrow (Wednes- 
day). Abram F. Myers, the general 
Allied counsel got in today for 
Allled's board meeting tomorrow 
morning, followed by the executive 
session tomorrow afternoon, at 
which all exhibitors can air their 
squawks without fear of Identifica- 
tion. Press is being admitted on un- 
derstanding no names are to be re- 
vealed in connection with com- 
plaints placed, before the session. 

Almost complete accord on an 
arbitration system was reached this 
afternoon in executive session, it 
was Indicated by Myers, who 
raised only one objection concerning 
clearance. The general tenor of ex- 
hibitor sentiment was that consider- 
able debate and complaint would 
result over the code, itself, and vari- 
ous provisions. Including some late 
changes, . about which Allied States 
was informed this morning. 

A main objection appears to be 
that in signing the code. Inferential 
agreement is made that no unfair 
trade practices will exist Interpre- 
tation of one Allied board exec, 
Nathan Yamlns, was that this 
would have the exhibitors auto- 
matically agreeing that block book- 
ing may continue; that distributors 
may continue with theatres; and 
that blind s-lllng also might be re- 
garded as fair. 

Another change Is. that no limit to 
damages an exhibitor may suffer in 
breaching a contract is provided, 
whereas when the distributor breaks 
a contract the arbitrator must not 
only find that he did commit breach 
and that it was also wilfully, arbi- 
trarily and done virtually \ylth 
(Continued on page 20) 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, June 14, 1939 



EXHIBS' LINE AT THE WAILING WALL 
LOOKS TO BE LONGER THIS SEASON 



Usual Pre-New Selling Season's Plaints— But Current 
Conditions Increasing Scope — Some Funny 
Paradoxes of tlile Old Cry 



stepping into line for adjustments 
under film contracts, a line that be- 
gins forming each year about this 
time, may become longer than in 
many seasons. This fear in distri- 
bution circles Is backed by the re- 
quests some companies have already 
received, and the threat which is 
wrapped up In sudden poor box- 
office conditions, the two Fairs and 
failure of some pictures 'to live up 
to expectations. 

The wailing for adjustments, can- 
cellations and other concessions is 
expected to be Intense, particularly 
in territories which are hardest hit 
at the present time and have been 
below normal during the whole cur- 
rent (1938-39) season. It is never 
unusual for exhibitors to cry wolf 
around this time when all the ma 
jors are preparing to sign them up 
for another season's product, and 
frequently many compromises are 
made in order to get a new contract, 
but this summer, with the many ar 
guments the accounts have to fall 
back on (not forgetting that their 
feet are out of their shoes), the tussle 
on adjustments should be terrific. 

These overtures for recision, ten 
tal, abatements, credits, ete., are ex' 
pected to affect some companies 
more than others, each case l>eing 
dependent on how the product for 
'38-'39 was sold, how the pictures 
were bracketed, what guarantees 
-were made, and how the pictures 
performed at the b.o.° The new prod' 
uct lineup, as laid out on paper, also 
figures, since an exhib may have 
had bad luck with a given distrib's 
pictures this season, but may be in- 
clined to the view, along with the 
dlstrib, that the coming year's output 
will be better, plus conditions. 
May Hit Some Harder 
The companies that oversold ac' 
counts, or failed on high-bracket 
product, or oS-buslness maybe not 
through any fault of the films them- 
selves, may look for the greatest 
number of adjustment applications. 
Others which have had -even worse 
luck by not getting 'A' product 
through right and instead of forcing 
it at high rental terms has, prior to 
release, dropped the pictures into 
lower brackets or as flats, will no 
doubt have fewer complaints. They 
will all get their requests, however, 
from h,o. distribution executives 
down through the branch managers 
and salesmen, with latter likely to 
have to try to get a lot from the h.o. 
in the way of '38-'39 product conces- 
sions in order to get a good new 
season's ('39-'40) deal through. 

A couple companies are in an ad- 
vantageous position to meet the 
squawks for. adjustments imder the 
current '38-'39 contracts, and to force 
through satisfactory deals for the 
coming year, but they will also prob 
ably run into a lot of pleading among 
exhibitors for a little better edge in 
the matter than they may be en- 
titled to. The tough theatre land 
lords who won't cut on leases, the 
various kinds of tax garroting that 
figures, cries that the baby needs 
new shoes, and strategy in being 
seen by a film salesman only when 
the oldest suit is on the back, ete.— 
all will probably come into play. 

A home office division manager 
relates a case where his company 
had tried to sell an exhib for some 
thne, without result He stepped in, 
made a date with the weeping exliib 
and felt so sorry after the latter 
showed how his feet were nearly out 
of his shoes, that he olcayed a con- 
tract at a substantial reduction in 
rental. 

The next day the sales executive, 
in the home town of the exhib, went 
to a swanky party. When the exhib 
of the day before drove up in a 
shiny Lincoln, dressed in the height 
of fashion, the salesman was nearly 
bowled over. Before he had a chance 
to say anything, the exhib popped; 

'But believe me, I didn't get It 
from pictures.' 



for readjustments on their contracts. 
Exhibitors have been, resorting to 
novel tactics as well as to tears to 
emphasize the 'justice'- of their de- 
mands. Harold B. Johnson, Univer- 
sal branch manager. Is authority for 
the statement that one day an inde- 
pendent theatre ' owner actually 
turned' up on Film Row in . his bare- 
feeL His story was he just couldn't 
afford shoes— times are that tough. 

They're also telling one about an 
exhibitor who shows up with a 
ragged suit that has a rent up the 
back. Some of the boys claim 
they've been seeing him around his 
theatre and out of business hours 
looking like a fashion plate. 

In ills column in the Journal last 
week. Merle Potter, film editor, told 
of the 'wailings' of exhibitors around 
the Twin City Variety club, adding 
the confidential note: 'Variety club 
members, most of whom operate 
theatres, throw the most sumptuous 
parties given in this town.' 

Exchange heads cite the case of 
one Twin City independent exhibitor 
who had been claiming he couldn't 
meet his film bills, but who recently 
purchased the 600-seat theatre that 
he had been leasing. 



Crying Wolf Paradoxical 
With Northwest Exhibs 

Minneapolis, June 6. - 
With .business pff- throughout this 
t^ifritory, Jocal .film .exchanges ar?' 
ge^Ing a record. number Dl requests 



REP TO FINISH 12 
PICTURES BY AUG. 1 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Production at Republic reaches its 
peak within the next six weeks, with 
seven features and five westerns on 
the 1938-39 program to be completed 
by Aug. 1. Currently only two films, 
'Are Husbands Necessary?' and 
'Colorado Sunset,' are in work. 

Other features slated to go are 
'State Highway Patrol,' 'Hit Parade,' 
'Calling AU Iilarines,' 'Probation 
Nurse,' 'Fli^t at Midnight' and "The 
Girl from God's Country.' Westerns 
on the sked are 'In Old Monterey,' 
Three Mesquiteers,' Haiders of the 
Wastelands,' 'In Old Cheyenne' and 
'Wall Street Cowboy.' 

Bep's Salt n 12 Pis 

Republic Pictures has filed suit in 
N. Y. federal court against Federal 
Film Co., Inc., and Frank J. Whit- 
tle, claiming the unauthorized ex 
hlbitlon of 12 pictures belonging to 
them. Rep. asserts that it secured 
these films from the Cajo Co., Inc., 
on April 30, 1937. The films are 
'Beware of Ladies,' 'The Bold Cabal' 
lero,' 'Down to the Sea,' 'Follow 
Your Heart,' 'Sitting on the Moon,' 
'Hearts in Bondage,' "The Painted 
StaUion' (12 reels). Undersea King- 
dom' (reels 7-12), The President's 
Mystery' and 'Federal Agent.' 

An injunction, $250 damages for 
each exhibition, and an accounting of 
profits are sought 



Appeal 1 of Manton's 
Rulings in Fox Theatres 

The Circuit Court of appeals in 
New York reserved decision Friday 
(9) on the appeal from the decision 
of former Judge Martin T. Manton, 
taken by the Trust Company of 
Georgia, in which its claim of 
$1,053,646, against Fox Theatres 
Corp., was reduced to $400,000, and 
allowed as an unsecured claim. 

The claim was based on the rent 
of theatre premises in Atlanta by 
Fox, and the plaintiff, while not ob- 
jecting to the reduction, insists on a 
priority right which would entitle 
it to full payment rather than ap' 
proximately 20%. 



Con. Labs Settles Strike 



strike of film laboratory workers' 
union, lK)cal 702, at Consolidated 
Film Industries plant last Thursday 
(8) was settled within 24 hours with 
new contract handed them. Picket- 
ing of plant at Ft Ijee, starting at 6 
p.m.- Thursday, inconvenienced and 
delayed Universal newsreel when it 
was trying to rush prints of the 
king and queen's visit to Washing- 
ton. 

' Consolidated lab workers had been 
tinder..:* contract 'Signatured- orig- 
inally about tvia years agoy • . ■ 



In Focus 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Metro claims a new high for 
the number of camera and still 
men at work, a total of 102. 

Studio has 10 features and two 
shorts in work. 



DoPont Income Boots 
Pathe Net to $9,901, 
1st Quarter; Loew's 50c 

Pathe Film Corp. net profit for 
first quarter this year ended March 
31 amoimtecl to $9,901, with dividend 
income- received from DuPont Film 
Mfg. Co. representing the biggest net 
income item. Totol amount received 
from all companies in dividends 
totaUed $33,066, the bulk of this from 
DuPont Pathe Film loss from ac- 
tual operations amounted to $21,8(>4 
despite film developing and printing 
sales income of $168,534. 

Report noted that operating assets 
and liabilities of Pathe Film were 
taken over by Pathe Laboratories, 
Inc., last Feb. 27, and that future 
statements of Pathe Film no longer 
will reflect such operations. 

Item of $156,769 for operating ex- 
pense Was high compared with sales 
revenue for the first three months, 
because DuPont Film, on which 
Pathe Film leans heavily for earn- 
ings, showed a net profit for the 
same i>erlod that was about $66,000 
greater than in the same quarter 
last year. Pathe Film owns 35% of 
DuPont film common, making its 
portion of these earnings amount to 
$138,000 as against $115,000 in 193B. 

Of this total, the company reported 
that $103,000 was imdistributed in 
the first quarter this year as against 
$80,000 in 1936. Consequently, only 
initial quarterly statement 

Loew's, Inc. directors .declared 
regular 50c quarterly plus SOc extra 
dividend on the common stock at the 
meeting' last . Wednesday (7). Both 
declarations are payable June 30 to 
stock on record, June 20. This makes 
$1.50 which has been paid or declared 
payable on Loew's common already 
this year. 



NEW SOUNDFILM DEVICE 



Hichly Tooted In Midwest Far 
Speedy Playbacks 



Cleveland, June, 13. 
Phonograph and soundfllm re- 
cording may be revolutionized by a 
new iaventlbn perfected by the 
Brush Development Co. of Cleveland. 
It simplifies the complicated process 
by magnetically recording voice, 
music or any other sound on steel 
tape. So foolproof Is the machine, 
according to Dr. J. S. Begun, inven- 
tor, that a high school student can 
operate it Most imlque feature is 
its speed, enabling play-backs to be 
made a minute' after the recording is 
finished. 

First general exhibition of inven- 
tion is taking place this week In 
Chicago at the national radio parts 
show. Large-scale production plans 
are being started at the same time 
at the Brush Lab here. It is being 
designed, according to A. L. Williams 
prez, to supplement both wax disc 
phonographs and sound-film record' 
.ings, besides opening a new field in 
educational and advertising fields. 

Value to Holly.wood is 'placed higti/ 
est since the magnetic tope does not 
require any processing, and does not 
wear out or break. Not only does it 
permit breaking into any section of 
a given recording, declared Williams, 
but it. also allows recorder to erase 
as much as desired and substitute a 
new section of sound. 

Principle perfected for practical 
purposes by Begun toUows the one 
defined by Waldemar' Poulsen 40 
years ago, "Considered an improve- 
ment over a similar device tried out 
by several European broadcasting 
companies, it Uses a continous belt 
of steel tape one-'elgth of inch wide 
and three-thousands of an inch thick 
which is driven over machine's rub': 
ber rollers by 'electric niofpr' at rate 
of threi-atid-half fSet per" second. 



More Coin for Tnist-BiBtEig 

Washington, June 13. 

Dilatory tactics of the film majors have exasperated the Government; 
but the trust-busters also have wounded Congressional holders of tha 
purse-strings by their broad crusade against pictures and other Indus- 
tries. This was revealed Monday (12) when the Senate approved th« 
State-Commerce-Justice appropriation bill boosting funds for enforce* 
ment of the anti-trust statutes. 

Difficulties experienced in breaking monopolies recited recently 
during closed hearings, Senate Appropriations Committee disclosed. 
Records of testimony showed Prof. Thurman Arnold, assistant attorney 
general, citing the New York film suit as one of the reasons why It la 
necessary to grant 'bigger appropriations for trust-busting, work. 

•In New York we are prosecuting the movies,' Arnold walled. «We 
ought to have an expediting court there, because we are getting one 
motion after another, which takes just about five months to xiecide.' 

Hie Senate Committee reacted favorably to the Administration Idea 
of upping funds for anti-trust law enforcement to $1,300,000 but put 
check on the D. J. by specifying that none of the cash can be used to 
open regional offices. While Arnold maintained expenses would be 
reduced by establishing field headquarters, the watehdogs of the 
Treasury feared that once opened, the branches never would be closed. 
This clause must be accepted by the House before it becomes effective, 
nullifying Arnold's recent steps to decentralize enforcement operations; 

Alperson's $135,644 Suit Vs. llammoiis' 
Cos.; Educatl-GN s New Fmancnig 



Edward L. Alperson, former 
president and general sales man- 
ager of Grand National Pictures, Inc., 
filed a $135,644 action against £. W. 
Hammons, Educational Pictures, Inc., 
and Grand National Pictures, Inc., 
in N. Y. federal court yesterday 
(Tuesday). 

Alperson charges breach of a five- 
year contract entered into Oct 1, 
1938, subject to termination at the 
end of any year by six months' 
prior notice. Under the contract he 
was placed in charge of distribution, 
at $1,000 weekly, plus 14,000 shares 
of common stock, payable in quar- 
terly installments during the' first 
year, plus the same amount of extra 
stock as Hammons might receive. He 
was also to get living expenses while 
on the road. 

It is alleged that Grand National 
breached the contract the week of 
January 21, 1939, and .paid him noth- 
ing until his resignation on Feb. 18. 
They also refused to allow him to 
perform his duties. He is asking 
$35,525 from tbehi plus 10,000 shares 
of common stock. 

Alperson is also asking $100,000 
from Hammons and Educational 
charging that they failed to deliver 
pictures to Grand National, thus 
preventing him from carrying out 
his part of the contract in selling 
them, and also that they interfered 
generally with him, 

New Flnanoloc Flan 

Stockholders, of Educational Pic- 
tures, Inc., and Grand National Pic- 
tures, Inc., will be asked to ratify 
a proposed readjustment of the cor- 
porate and financial structures of 
both companies on June 22. Through 
Sam Spring, attorney, E. W. Ham- 
mons, president of the two com- 
panies, has worked out negotiations 
with Felt & Co., a newly organized 
Wall Sreet underwriting and financ- 
ing group, on a plan of reorganiza- 
lon. Purpose of the new undertak- 
ing, involving turnover of control of 
the companies to outside financiers 
for a three-year period, is intended 
to make possible new working capi- 
tal and lineup of pictures. 

Roughly, $1,000,000 is said to be in- 
volved under the Felt plan. Under- 
'writing group is headed by Irving 
M. Felt who is also head of the 
Eastport Securities Corp. which may 
participate in the financing, and 
Walter Rich, en-president of Vita- 
phone Pictures. 

Although voting control of Grand 
National stock will be vested in new 
holders of a $160,000 collateral pro- 
missory note, to be Issued and se- 
cured by Educational sp'< Grand Na- 
tional for a three-year period, E. W. 
Hammons Is to be retained in his 
present capacity, on a basis of 
$10,000 annual salary plus 15% of 
the profits, up to an aggregate of 
$75,000 annually. 

Loans of $160,000 and $40,000 to 
Educational are to be set up Imme- 
diately upon ratification of the plan, 
by Felt & Co., to be followed by 
a revolving credit fund of $750,000 
over a three-year period. This lat- 
ter sum would presumably be util- 
ized toward the production of pic- 
tures which Grand National will 
distribute. 

' A further agreement with Lloyd 
Wrigtit, GN trustee, is to be worked 
out extending the time within which 
Educational ' had ' obligated itself to 
reptirchfise $300,1)00 of 5% preferred 



stock of ■' Grand National Pictures; 
Inc. 

Felt Co., organized last January, 
lists 20-year-old Irving M. Fdt as 
its sole prpprietor. Formed to un. 
derwrite organizations for Invest, 
ment; to negotiate Industrial con<> 
solidatlons and to engage In corpor* 
ate reorganization work. 



'ROMAN SCANDALS' SUIT 
MUST GO TO A TRIAL 



Th'e' Circuit Court of Appeals ' in 
New York Monday (12) reversed a 
ruling made by Federal Judge John 
M. Woolsey on July 7, 1938, and or- 
dered the $1,000,000 action of Clara 
Dellar and Robert Louis Shayon 
against United Artists Corp., Samuel 
Goldwyn, Inc., Goldwyn and Eddie 
Cantor back to the Federal court for 
trial. 

In dismissing the action Judg. 
Woolsey ha'd found no similarity be« 
tween the plaintiff's play, 'Oh Shah,' 
and the film, Itoman Scandals,* 
which was asserted to be a plagiar* 
ism of the play. 

The circuit court found that tfa* 
Federal judge had not seen the pic- 
ture, and had based bis ruUng on 
an examination of the cutting con- 
tinuity of the picture. This was not 
sufficient the . court found, ani the 
case must be tried over again. 



WB-RKO-Fabian's N. Y. 
Clearance Protested 

Complaining against clearance in 
upstate situations in which Warner 
Bros., RKO and Fabian operates, « 
committee of independent exhibi- 
tors, members of Allied of New 
York, will huddle with executives 
in N. Y. Wednesday (21). Exhibs 
are aggrieved over the protection 
period in Albany, Schenectady and 
Troy which is given by distributors 
doing business with the chains. 

Upstate group will meet with H. 
M. Richey, director of exhibitor re- 
lations for RKO; Si Fabian, head 
of the Fabian Interests; Moe Silver, 
upstate zone jnanager for WB; and 
Thornton Kelly, secretory of Allied 
Theatre Owners of N. Y. 



Col's Two to Go 



Hollywood, June 13. 

With only two of its 25 features 
left to be made, Columbia plans to 
finish its 1938-39 quote within 
three weeks. Remaining two are 
■Five Little Peppers and How They 
Grew' and 'Prison Surgeon.' 

Five 1939-40 pictures before the 
cameras are 'Mr. Smith Ctoes to 
Washington,' 'Golden Boy,' 'Coast 
Guard,' 'Blondie Takes a Vacation' 
and 'Overland with Kit Carson,' a 
serial. 



WB'b ■Hornblowei' 

'Captain Horatio Hornblower,' 
current best-seller by C. S. Forrester, 
has been purchased by Warners for 
a reported $45,Q00 price. 

The author, is coming from Eng: 
land ' to work on the adap^on.. . , 



Wednesday, June 14, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



AGENT TAKEOVER READY 



'Liven Up Those Dummies' 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Four hundred mangled figures lay on the battlcQeld ol Atlanta, shat- 
tered by shot, and shell. They were the last remnants ol a regiment in 
■Gone With the Wind' on Dave SeUnick's back lot. An emissary of 
the Screen Actors- Guild took a closer gander at one of the figures and 
discovered it was only a dummy. 

'War,' he declared, 'is what General .Sherman said It was. I'm gonna 
see that these dummies have not died in vain!" With that he went 
back to the SAG headquarters and started another war. From now on, 
take it from the SAG proclamation, all dead soldiers on Hollywood 
battleaelds must be played by live extras at $8;25 per day. 

Meanwhile, the Guild Is trying to .collect back pay for the dummies, 
who not only fell in battle but lay all night under the open sky. That 
means overtime. 



Femine Stars' Trio of Broadway 
Hits in Film Sale Negotiatioiis 



Although Hollywood buys are 
pending for three current Broadway 
hits, none of the deals has yet been 
clinched. Shows are Philip Barry's 
The Philadelphia Story,' at the Shu- 
bert; Lillian Hellman's The Little 
Foxes,' at the National, and S. N. 
Behrman's 'No Time for Comedy,' at 
the Barrymore. All three have 
femme stars, respectively Katherine 
Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead and 
Katharine Cornell. All three plays 
are handled by Brandt & Brandt 

Miss Hepburn, who already- owned 
a large share of the legit show, 
bought the screen rights to 'Story' 
on a straight percentage d^al calling 
for a down payment of $30,000 and 
bonuses up to a possible $100,000. 

> Paramount and Metro are reported 
dickering for transfer of the rights, 

' the former on Identical terms as 
Miss Hepburn's buy and Metro on a 
straight purchase arrangement. Both 
deals are said to be hot, but neither 
Is riveted. 

Miss Hellman, who has a screen 
writing contract with Samuel Gold- 
yyn to adapt any work that appeals 
to her, is understood favoring him 
In the negotiations for her 'Poxes.' 
She is handling the deal herself and 
has received an. offer from Goldwyn, 
but the amount is not revealed. Her 
previous click, 'Children's Hour,' 
was filmed by that studio. Miss 
Bankhead is anxious to re-enact her 
ctage part if the play Is filmed, but 
no decision is indicated on th..t ques- 
tion. Actress was in pictures some 
years ago, but did not fare well and 
would like to go back in a strong 
vehicle. 

Bidding for 'Comedy' is under- 
stood considerably less brisk than 
for the other two plays, but a couple 
of offers have been received. How- 
ever, the Playwrights' Co., produc- 
ers of the Behrman piece, have al- 
ready rung up two record picture 
sales this season, 'Abe Lincoln in 
Illinois' and The American Way,' 
both bought by Max Gordon-Harry 
M. Goetz on percentage deals in- 
volving guarantees of more than 
$225,000 each. 



3 M-G Pix Based on Stage 
Plays Work; 2 Readied 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Three pictures based on stage 
plays are currently in production at 
Metro, a fourth is ready to shoot 
and a fifth in preparation. 

•The Women,' 'Babes In Arms' 
and 'On Borrowed Time' are before 
the cameras; 'Susan and God' is 
next on the list, and 'Journey's End- 
is benig scripted. 

Mack Sennett Acdng 

Hollywood, June 13. 

•Falling SUrs' company at 20th- 
Fox has been split into two units, 
Irving Cummings directing the 
serious sequences and Mai St. Clair 
handling iha, comics. ' 

Mack Sennett, technical advisor, 
has been - written in as an actor, 
-playing, himselt- It'a a cavalcade of 



N.Y. Regents Uphold Ban 
On Tolygamy'; Appeal Pa. 
Censorship of 'Ecstasy' 



New York .Regents committee 
Monday (12) upheld the previous 
ban placed on 'Polygamy' by the 
state censors, headed by Irwin Es- 
mond. Film, distributed in New 
York by . Syndicate Exchange, was 
termed 'sacrilegious.' It had pre- 
viously received the seal of the 
Hays office and is the first such set 
back handed an MPPDA-approved 
film since Joe Breen joined the of- 
fice as 'purifier* in 1934. 

Warners' 'Yes, My Darling Daugh- 
ter,' the last film to win notoriety 
on a censorial ban, was later ap 
proved by the Regents. Full bqard 
will meet on Friday to consider 
'Polygamy,' but it is expected that 
there will be no change in the film's 
status, as no flicker ever nixed by 
its special reviewing committee has 
ever been passed by the Board. 

'Polygamy' has already been shown 
In many parts of the country and 
shortly will be exhibited in New 
Jersey. The censors noted none of 
its scenes as offensive or indecent. 
It recounts the story of the re- 
ligious cult which got news space 
about four years ago when its fol- 
lowers were convicted in Arizona o( 
'having from two to five wives.' 
Breen's approval was given on 
April 24. 



Flfht 'Ecstasy' Ban 

Philadelphia,- -June IS, 
Court hearing on an appeal from 
a recent ban by the Stale Board of 
Censors on 'Ecstasy' was postponed 
today (Tuesday) until the reviewers 
have had an opportunity to' get an 
other gander at the pic. Appeal 
will come up again before Judge 
Otto B. Helli(!man in Common Pleas 
court June 26. No testimony was 
taken today. 

Petition for the appeal was filed 
by Sam Cummings' Eureka Produc- 
tions, Inc.. of New York, the distrib. 
It contended that there is nothing 
actually offensive in the film, but 
that a prejudice was created because 
of efforts of Fritz Mandel, munitions 
manufacturer and former husband 
of Hedy Lamarr, who appears, in the 
pic, to have it withdrawn. 

Unusual situation prevails con- 
cerning the nix placed on the film 
when it was originally given the o.o. 
April 3 of this year. Understood 
that It is because of this situation 
that the censors are taking another 
look. At that time, there were no 
actual members of the Censor Board 
serving. Mrs. Edna R. Carroll, who 
was named chairman of the board 
by Governor James, hadn't yet been 
confirmed by the Senate, so could 
take no official action. Turndown 
was issued by an employe of the old 
censor board who was specially 
'deputized' to view film in orider not 
to hold up product. Question- now 
is whether the' Governor had arty 
legal -right 'to mak^ such' a'depu- 
ttzatlon. 





Code of Ethics Will Tabu 
Client Raids — Complete 
Draft for Vote of Mem- 
bers — Smaller %er8 Not 
Happy Over SAG 
Licensing 



CIO'S MOVE-IN 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Plans to take over control of all 
film and radio agents will be rushed 
to completion this week by Screen 
Actors GuUd, following the action of 
Governor Olson in Inking senate 
amendment to the State Labor Code. 
The senate bill gives the actors full 
authority to arbitrate disputes be- 
tween the bookers and their clients. 

The amendment as revised on the 
senate floor gives the agents a loop- 
hole to appeal to the courts, but this 
will be eliminated by the SAG 
through Its agreement with the Art- 
ists Managers Guild. The proposed 
contract between the two groups will 
provide that both the agents and 
actors must accept decisions of the 
arbitration board as final. 

The amendment as introduced 
provided that the SAG arbitration 
would replace jurisdiction of the 
courts, but the bill later was re 
written. The amendment as finally 
passed and ' approved by Governor 
Olson follows: 

'Notwithstanding sections 1C26 and 
1647 of the Labor Code and section 
1280 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 
a provision in a contract providing 
for the decision by arbitration of 
any controversy under the contract 
or as to its existence, validity, con 
struction, performance, nonperform 
ance, breach, operation, continuance 
or termination, shall be valid: 

'(a) If the provision is contained in 
a contract between an employment 
agency and a person from whom 
such employment ajency under the 
contract undertakes to endeavor to 
secure employment. 

'(b) If the provision is inserted in 
the contract pursuant to any rule, 
regulation, or contract of a bona fide 
labor union regulating the relations 
of Its members to an employment 
agency. 

'(c) If the contract provides for 
reasonable notice to the Labor Com 
mtssloner of the time and place of 
all arbitration hearings, and. 

'(d) If the contract provides that 
the Labor Commissioner or his au- 
thorized representative has the right 
to attend all arbitration hearings, 

'Except as otherwise provided in 
this section any such arbitration 
shall be governed by the provisions 
of Title X of Part III of the Code of 
Civil Procedure. 

'If there is ■ such an arbitration 
provision in such a contract, the 
contract need not provide that the 
employment agency agrees to refer 
any controversy between the appli- 
cant and the employment ai»ency re- 
garding, the terms of the contract; to 
the Labor Commissioner for adjust- 
ment, and section 1847 shall not ap- 
ply to controversies pertaining to the 
contract.' 

. -Ready for Membership Vole 

The agents raised a loud squawk 
over provisions in the rough draft 
of a licensing agreement drawn by 
Laurence W. Beilenson. SAG coun- 
sel. Demands were made for re- 
vision of clauses pertaining to regu- 
lation of an agent's business. Beilen- 
son and Judgp Byron C. Hanna, at- 
torney for the AMG, have been go- 
ing over the contract and it is now 
practically ready for submission to 
the two groups for membership ap- 
proval. 

It is understood the proposed code 
of ethics for agents will make it im- 
possible for one agent to raid an- 
other's clients. Such action, If 
proved before joint SAG-AMG ar- 
bitration board, would result In re- 
vocation of the agent's license.. The 
(Continued on page 20) 



Torgot to TeU Salesmen : Philly 
Exhibs Averl^i Peddlers Still 
Tough on New Season Sales Terms 



Dark Victory 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Shining light in Columbia's 
golf. tournament was the studio's 
Negro bootblack, Harry. Martin, 
who polished off the 14th with a 
single swipe — the only hole-in- 
one in any film event. 

Bert' McRae turned in 64 for 
low net. Sam Briskin shot 70, 
Irving Briskin 75 and B. B. 
Kahane 70, all with generous 
handicaps. 



Qnehec's Shutdown 
Jams Both Cinemas h 
Levis, Across River 

Quebec City, June 13. 

Stand, by the 11 picture houses 
here against the 10% amusement tax 
increase by the municipality remains 
firm and no compromises will be 
considered. Town has been picture- 
less for the past week. 

Mayor Lucien Borne is equally de- 
termined and states that no devia- 
tion fro'm the city's attitude will be 
made. 

Meanwhile, citizens who are tired 
of taking the air on Dufferin Terrace 
instead of taking in a show, are go- 
ing across the St Lawrence to Levis, 
whose two houses are crammed 
every night. Ferry service of course 
jacks up the eventual cost and is 
used by the Mayor to argue that 
Quebeckers will be ready to meet 
the extra tax by paying advanced 
prices in the theatres. 

However, the Quebec houses tried 
it out during the whole of the much 
less attractive (outdoors) month of 
May and it didn't work, all of them 
being in the red that month. 



ANTICIPATE NO PAR 
PROXY HGHT JUNE 20 



Paramount Pictures, Inc., has 
mailed a supplemental proxy state- 
ment to all stockholders for the an- 
nual meeting of June 20 in accord- 
ance with the Securities & Exchange 
Commission rule which requires 
specific naming of any and all secur- 
ities held by company directors. If 
this supplemental proxy statement, 
cost of which was not more than 
$3,000 additional to the company, 
had not been submitted, it was gen- 
erally recognized in financial circles 
that any stockholder might ha e 
forced postponement of the meeting 
since not complying wi(h the full 
specifications of the SEC. 

Principal thing omitted in the orig- 
inal proxy statement was designa- 
tion of holdings for Neil Agnew, 
John W. Hicks, Jr., and Adolph 
Zukor. Legally, the comptny must 
state that they do not hold stock in 
the company rather than just over- 
looking such designation. . This has 
.been taken care of in the .supple- 
mental proxy statement with a spe- 
cial paragraph which reads: 'Omis- 
sion to state in the Proxy State- 
ment holdings for Messrs. A,?new, 
Hicks and Zukor Indicates that they 
hold no stock in the Corporation. 

Explanation sent to stockholders 
Is that the supplemental proxy 
statement was sent to supplement in- 
formation contained in the proxy 
statement dated May 12, this year. 
In another statement from Barney 
Balaban, it was pointed out that a 
large representation of stockholders 
is desired at the annual meeting. 

It now appear: that there will be 
ho strenuous proxy fight at the an- 
nual stockholders' .confab as had 
been Indicated at first i 



Philadelphia, June 13. 
Exhibs here are squawking that if 
the distribs are really serious in their 
avowed intention of going easier on 
the theatre ops this season, they've 
forgotten to tell their salesmen 
about It. 

First beef is on the announced 
plan of not requiring purchase of 
shorts, newsreels and trailers to get 
features. There's no actual demand, 
exhibs say, to buy the shorts, but 
the salesmen in their artful way 
know how to make it apparent that 
it would be advisable. 

Second howl is on the score charge. 
True enough, exhibs say, the score 
charge is being dropped. But if a 
pic was formerly sold at $25 and the 
score charge was $2.50, salesmen are 
now allowing the score charge to be 
eliminated and ask $27.50 for the 
film 

Exhibs are asking, too, why the 
distribs in their new role of friendli- 
ness are demanding preferred play- 
ing time for certain pIx when no 
mention of such preferred time is 
made in the cnntrrct. 

WB's Deals 

Warners closed a deal with Wil- 
mer & Vincent for the entire lineup 
for 1S39-40, Including 'Vitaphone 
shorts and trailers, announces Carl 
Leserman, asst. general sales man- 
ager. W. Sc V. circuit has 18 thea- 
tres in Altoona, Easton, Harrisburg, 
Allentown, Norfolk and Richmond. 
Contract signed by Roy Haines, Rob- 
ert Smeltzer and W. G. Mansell, for 
Warners, and Joseph Eagan and 
Frank Fowler, for the circuit. 

Deals have been signed and ap- 
proved for Warner Bros, product, 
including features, shorts and trail- 
ers, for 11 spots In the middlewest 
where Warners sold In opposition 
to National Theatres. Pacts handled 
by Ben Kalmus; western-southern 
manager of 'Warner Bros. Theatres 
sold are Howard, Arkansas City, 
Kan.; Cosmo, BoonevIUe and Civic, 
Brookfield, Mo.; Main Street, Cha- 
nute, Kan.; .Electric, Kansas City, 
Kan.; Family, KirksviUe, Mo.; Mary 
Lou, Marshall, Mo.; Sosna, Mobile, 
Mo.; Cozy, Pittsburg, Kan.; 'Vogue, 
Salina, Kan., and Broadway, Council 
Bluffs, la. 

Rep. Into Bermuda 

Getting into Bermuda for the 
first time, Republic has closed a deal 
with the Colony chain there, call- 
ing for 26 features, 26 westerns and 
four serials on the '39-40 season. 
Grover C. Schaefer, v.p.,of Rep, ne- 
gotiated the contract with Charles 
B. Monks, of the Colony group. 



mS PAR, L A., UP 
FOR 10-YR. RENEWAL 



A long term renewal of the oper- 
ating agreeitient between Paramount 
and Fanchon & Marco to cover tha 
Paramount, Los Angeles, is in ne- 
gotlation, with an early . closing ex- 
pected. Final details will probably 
be worked out on return from Los 
Angeles the end of the week of 
Barney Balaban. 

Negotiations have been carried on 
by Sam Dembow, Jr., v.p. of Fan- 
chon & Marco with Balaban and 
Paramount attorneys. New deal 
under discussion is for a 10-year 
period, following expiration of pres- 
ent agreement Sept. 1, next 

L. A. Par, which has the Par. first- 
run franchise in that key, is owned 
by Par but has been operated by 
F&M for several years. 



Her Light Glows 



Hollywood, June 13. 

Muriel Angelus makes her film de- 
but opposite Ronald Colman in The 
Light That Failed' at Paramount 

Actress was signed, while playlnf 
in The. Boys From Syracuse' on 
Broadway. 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wcdnesdajt June 14, 1939 



FILM SHOWMANSHIP 



'Maisie' k in Towi 
But No One Knows 
Who or Where She Is 



Harrisburg, June 13. 
'Who is Malsie?' was the question 
on everybody's lips as a result ol the 
campaign put over by Sam Gilman, 
manager of Loew's Theatre, for its 
test showing there. Gilman, assisted 
James Ashcraft of M-G's field 
staff, exploited 'Maisie* on a note of 
hilarity. 

Starting two weeks in advance of 
playdate, the columnists .of all three 
daily newspapers, receiving such 
'gifts' as candy, armbands and flowers 
from 'Maisle,' gave the mysterious 
benefactor a big play in their 
columns, all. in good-natured, joshing 
fashion. 

For three days, personals were in- 
serted in the papers, seeking infor- 
mation as to 'Maisie's* whereabouts, 
referring to her as an 'explosive 
blonde' and aslcing readers to tele- 
phone 'Slim,' at the theatre number. 
Then, as a foUow-up, 'Maisie' re- 
plied in personals tha^ she had seen 
Slim's ad and would meet him' at the 
theatre the day of the opening. 

Fifty of the city's newsstands were 
furnished witii sun helmets, bright 
red wooden chairs with backs, and 
paper weights the size of bricks, all 
carrying copy. The stands are on 
corners . and the chairs were so 
placed that the legend on the back 
could . be read by pedestrians and 
passing . motorists. The stunt,, of 
course, afforded the stand attendants 
rest while at work, 

A bench placed in front of the 
theatre two days before the opening 
also attracted a great deal of atten' 
tioD. Several boys were hired to sit 
on the bench, on back of which was 
a sign reading: 'We are waiting to see 
'Maisie'.' 

Stickers, bumper strips on auto 
mobiles, badges, window cards, trick 
folders, radio broadcasts rounded out 
the hi^Iy successful campaign. 

Another stunt was Bob Sidman's 
iise of Uncle Sam's property as bill- 
board space for The Mikado.' Sid- 
man, manager of the Senate, $ent 
out about 200 over-size postcards, too 
large to fit in comer mailboxesi Had 
his employes, legitimately, hang the 
' cards by an attached string to the 
boxes, ttiereby making of each box 
an ad for the picture, jind incident- 
ally playing hob with the post office. 



By John C. Flinn 



Considering that theatre clearance and its geograph- 
ical brother, zoning, constitute the very essence of - 
the financial structure of the film industry, it is an 
amazing fact that there exist so many divergent views 
about these twins, even among distributors and ex- 
hibitors of many years' experience. 

Clearance, as understood in the trade, denotes the 
time period between the last day of exhibition of a 
film at a specific theatre ^nd the opening day of its rm 
in a house within a recognized competitive area. The 
extent of the area is the protected territory. Film 
rentals asked by distributors and paid by exhibitors 
depend lipon the length of clearance as negotiated. 
The longer the period of clearance, the higher the 
rental That, at any .rate, is the theory and, generally 
speaking, its application is the basis of business rela- 
tions between buyer and seller. 

Not all, but a very large part, of the prevailing dis- 
sension between distributing and exhibiting branches 
of the Industry revolves around the subject of clear- 
ance. More vocal hours have been devoted to the mat- 
ter than to any other phase of industry relations. And 
the cold, clear fact remains that the problems of clear- 
ance are as unsolved today as when they first engaged 
the animated attention of two exhibitors and a film 
salesman upon the birth of feature exhibiting nearly 
30 years ago. 

In addressing the New York Allied States group and 
outlining the provisions of the projected code of fair 
practices, WiUiam F. Rodgers, chairman of the dis- 
tributors' committee, declared that the sole right to 
negotiate for clearance rested with distributors, and 
that they would not forego that right. Subsequently 
he explQined the clause in the pact that covered pro- 
tests against alleged unfair clearance and the machin- 
ery set up to hear and adjudicate such complaints by 
arbitration. One member of the proposed arbitration 
board shall be a representative of all distributors, 
since any shift in prevailing contracts which might 
affect one company actually affects all companies. 

During the administration of the NBA code some of 
the knottiest problems bandied by local boards and 
the code ' authority, on appeal, concerned disputes be- 
tween, theatres on- the clearance issue. Earnest at- 
tempts were made repeatedly to encompass the whole 
question by forthright statement in a set of rules and 
regulations covering clearances. Finally, some such 
rules were developed by a Code Authority committee 
and sales managers of all the film companies, but there 
never was unanimity even among so small a group. 



KIDS DANCE AND SING 
FOR THOSE WHO CANT 



Atlanta, June 13. 

Eleventh annual Kiddie Revue, 
sponsored by Atlanta Masonic club 
for benefit of Scottish Rite Home for 
Crippled Children, gave Eddie Pen- 
tecost, of Loew's Grand theatre, 
chance to get off the beaten path ot 
exploitation and get in some in- 
cidental good licks for 'Bridal Suite,' 
with which young iams were coupled. 

Pentecost planted a contest with 
Hearst's Georgian and Sunday Amer- 
ican in which candid camera fans 
were Invited to- Kiddle Revue re- 
hearsals to take shots of talent going 
through their paces, cash prizes be- 
ing awarded for best shots and 
plenty of passes for runnersup. 

With kid show offering plenty of 
pic pcssibilities and since good sized 
cut of box office take went to hos- 
pital, all three local papers were 
generous in their space allotments. 
Same was true of four Atlanta radio 
stations, all of which chipped in. 
good hunks of time. Into all of this 
copy, Pentecost inserted his 'Bridal 
Suite' plugs, which helped pic no 
end. 



Canadian Showmen 

After Tourist Trade 



Winnipeg, June 13. 

Local theatre managers really go- 
ing out after the tourist trade. Cards 
and signs are to be found spotted all 
over town and along the highways 
leading into the city. " 

Leno Turaldo, of the Uptown, is 
plugging his 'super hoase' with 'best 
In Western Canada' and 'wide range 
sound' being given- plenty of play in 
the ads. House plays second run 
after dpwntown spots. 

Harold Bishop, of the loop Capitol, 
Is going to the other side of the 
fence plugging central location and 
newly installed sound system. 



all of whom knew their subject backwards and had 
dealt with clearance problems throughout their busi- 
ness careers. 

For 18 months the Code Authority struggled with 
clearance and sought to perfect workable schedules for 
entire territories. Nearest the body approached some 
consummation of the work was in the Los Angeles 
section, and the Supreme Court decision nullifying 
NRA was reached on the very day that the Southern 
California schedule was to have become effective. 

CLEABANCE CANT BE TAMES 

What was discovered in the course of montlis of 
hearings, arguments, pleadings and just plain gab was 
the fact, uttered prophetically at the very beginning of 
the Code Admtaiistration by one sales manager, that 
clearance was something which no group could cap- 
ture, tame and tie down to a given set of rules. He was 
right Every competitive situation brought before lo- 
cal and appeal boards presented unique and peculiar 
aspects, unlike in some essentials any other set of c«n- 
' ditions. 

But the inventor of clearance as a trade practice, 
whoever he was, has made a most substantial business 
contribution. When fair and reasonable, clearance has 
permitted the development of competitive exhibition, 
has created the process of collecting film rentals, and 
has made possible the successful operation of theatres 
playing similar attractions, although spaced at varying 
intervals of time. 

It was he [ who devised the scheme by which se- 
quence of runs depended upon film rentals paid, in- 
stead of boxoflice admission prices, as the determining 
factor of clearance. And yet, so contrary is clearance 
to definition and rule, and so elastic is it in practice 
that several large centers of exhibition— Chicago and 
I/>s Angeles, for instance — operate under a schedule 
of runs and clearance dependent upon admission prices. 

All of which preambles the observation that clear- 
ance Is something which reacts, when approached too 
confidently, very much like a buzz-saw. It also wears 
a calm smile, peculiar to man-eating crocodiles. And 
radical Ideas now prevailing in thie industry that all 
clearances by some hokus-pokus may be shortened, or 
even abolished, are -likely to be quickly revised when 
the proponents attempt some panacea to a group of 
theatres. 

Individual Instances of unfair clearance, or protec- 
tion over a territory beyond what is right and reason- 
able, should be adjusted. Ttiys far, and no further, . 



GIVEAWAYS BRING BIG 
THRONGS TO BOXOFHCE 



Minneapolis, June 13. 

As proof that present poor thea- 
tre business is not due to any loss in 
popularity by films, the trade here 
is citing the fact that more than 
20,000 people were attracted down- 
town by the State theatre's offer to 
admit anybody free to see 'Lucky 
Night' on presentation of a four-leaf 
clover last Monday night 

Frank Steffys, State manager, had 
no idea that the four-leaf clovers 
were so plentiful here when he con- 
ceived the ballyhoo. The four-leaf 
clover throng stormed the house and 
overflowed into the street for a 
block. Eleven policemen were re- 
quired to handle the traffic. When 
the last show for the night sUrted 
and the big overflow was informed 
that it wouldn't be able to gain ad- 
mission there was a near riot. 



Fmdnig Novel Ways 

To Give Out Passes 



Harrisburg, June 13. 

Safe driving theme was played up 
by John Rogers In plugging Colum- 
bia's 'Only Angels Have Wings.' He 
gained considerable attention by 
having stencilled on sidewalks at 
downtown Intersections: 'Only Angels 
Have Wings— Wateh Traffic Lights.' 
He also distributed 5,000 doorknob 
hangers bringing out the safe driving 
angle,, and tied up with John Van 
Cronkhite, radio columnist, to read 
off the license numbers of cars 
spotted for courteous driving. Own- 
ers were admitted cuffo. - 

Rogers arranged house-to-house 
distribution of numbered tabloids. 
Outside the theatre he posted 100 
numbers which entitled holders to a 
pair of ducats. 

Bob Sidman, of the Senate, In ex- 
ploiting the 'Mikado' emphasized the 
idea that 'you don't have to see it to 
enjoy it— it's so earfllling.' He 
brought out this point, designed to 
plug the pic's plentiful music, by 
making a tie-up with the Harrisburg 
Telegraph whereby 25 blind persons 
were admitted free. Newspaper gave 
it plenty of human interest angle.. 

Free ducats were also passed out 
on a 'Man on the Street' broadcast 
to all who could name five tunes 
from the operetta. 



Panaceas 



Howard Dietz says business in 
the Broadway houses has been so 
bad lately that the managers are 
considering a plan to show the 
films in the open air in order 
to drive people into the thea- 
tres. 

Another trade observer on 
the hi^ quality) of recent film 
shorts suggests the distrlbs sell 
the briefles aiid force the fea- 
tures. 



Epidemic Scare Has 
Syra. Scratching for Biz 

Syracuse, June 13. 

Current small-pox scare in Syra- 
cuse, resulting from an epidemic 
centering around Onondaga County 
penitentiary, kicked the bottom out 
of box-office receipts last week and 
local managers are heaving sighs of 
relief as the near-panic of the popu- 
lace abates. 

With some 60.000 persons in the 
city — out of 240,000— rushing to 
clinics for vaccinations and spending 
the next couple of days displaying 
vaccination scratches, theatres and 
other public gathering places were 
generally shunned. . 

Syracuse papers did their best to 
allay fears ot the chicken-hearted; 
all of them plugging quotes from 
health officials that people should go 
about their business, recreation and 
amusements as though nothing un- 
toward had occurred. It took several 
days for the message to get home, 
however. 

Every downtown house is trying to 
recoup this week with special pro- 
motion, which the papers are also 
plugging. RKO-Schine has a smart 
tie-up with local Rose Week celebra- 
tion, offering free admitUnce on cer- 
tain days to those presenting a bou- 
quet of roses at the theatre. Flowers 
are then sent to various local hos-, 
pitals and public institutions. Loew's 
is plugging a bunt for 'Syracuse's 
Tarzan Junior' to tie up with latest. 
Tarzan release. 

Schine-Eckel has The Sun Never 
Sets' and Manager Pat McGuire 
proved that the sun never sets on a 
theatre manager's ingenuity by a 
smart-tie-up and personal appear- 
ance schedule for Rollo Clark, a lad 
who ate razor blades, fish-hooks and 
ground glass— a stunt which drew a 
number of the baffled and curious. 



PRAISE FOR TEACHERS 
INSPIRED BY m CHffS' 



Ne* Orleans, June 13. 

Outstending exploitetion stunt for 
'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' (M-G) was en- 
gineered by Rodney D. Toups, man- 
ager of Loew's Stete theatre. He 
tied in with 'The Item-Tribune in a 
search for a local counterpart of the 
film character, with result that he 
grabbed considerable news space. 
Stunt was to have readers suggest 
teachers or professors who most re- 
sembled the lovable Mr. Chips of 
the film. Letters poured in to the 
paper daily and the suggested names 
were printed. 

Aside from newspaper stories on 
'Goodbye, Mr. Chips,' book stores 
displayed Hilton's book along with 
stills from the film. 

Walt Dunn, blurbist for the Sanger 
theatre, grabbed off some newspaper 
space with art for opening of Re- 
public's 'Man of Conquest,' through 
presentation of copy of film's shoot- 
ing script to the New Orleans 
Public Library. Presentetion was 
made by Leo Seichsnaydre, manager 
of the Republic exchange, .to John 
Hall Jacobs, city librarian. Press 
photographers covered the event 



No PhiBuurmonic Bnt 
Moppet Band Mops Up 



'Tacoma, June 13. 

Ned Edrls, Tacoma manager for 
Hamrick Theatres, has been build- 
ing good will and attracting atten- 
tion to his shows through sponsor- 
ship of a boy's concert band, which 
started as a Mickey Mouse band a 
few years ago, and now has won na- 
tional attention. Band has 60 pieces, 
including six French horns, four bass 
horns, both unusual. Louis Wersen, 
superintendent of music at Tacoma 
schools, is director. He has a pri- 
mary or beginners' band of 40 pieces. 

Lads are all under 15 years of age. 
Three or four times yearly they play 
at the Music Box theatre, and pack 
'em in. They also go on CBS na- 
tional hookup, local station KVI, 
couple times a year for 30-minute 
concert 

Band is getting smash biz. Boys 
get the training without cost and 
are given merit awards, a season 
pass to the theatre. 

Plan is under way for Tacoma 
Times to sponsor the band, uniform 
them and get them ready for march 
work, with tour in prospect 



Endorses Dr. list's 
Demand for Better 
Fdm AdT. Psychology 



Defiance, O., June 10. 
Editor, Vaiubty: 

There -is plenty of importance in 
the letter by Psychologist J. S. List 
as appeared in your issue of May 24. 
Mr. List rips .apart and tears asunder 
the stereotyped style of motion pic- 
ture advertising that Is, and has ]t>een 
prevalent all over the U. S. 

This writer Is most pleased to 
hear this, inasmuch as psychology is 
seldom employed intelligently in 
marketing of pictures to the layman 
. . . pleased to hear this because it 
brings to the front one of the things 
which the industry pays for, but 
does not receive — value .for the ad- 
vertising dollar that is spent. 

To further bear out this contebtion 
It behooves a quotation from Flor- 
ence Fisher Party writing for the 
Pittsburgh Press several years ago 
when she stated In ' part, 'Let's get 
away from the old wolf, wolf story— 
this is a new era in motion pictures. 
Someone has to start, a new line of 
publicity to suit the new regime. 
'Names have been made to carry a 
poor picture; but that day is defi- 
nitely on the wane. The play's the 
thing. It is so in the theatre, and 
is fast becoming so in the movies. 
'What we want to know now is: 
What kind of a picture is it? Is it 
well directed? Does it tell an in- 
telligent story7 

'We're getting a new kliid ot 
'glamour* into our pictures, thank 
heaven; glamour that isn't all sex 
and passion, 

"The glamour ot human relation- 
ships; of family life; and we need a 
kind of publicity that suits this new 
regime. 

"When that happens, no longer 
will a screen play ot real merit 
suffer; for the public, reading the 
advance stories and notices about 
it, will at last be ready to believe 
them." 

There Mr. Editor is more ot what 
Mr. List writes about He states it 
can be done easily and this writer 
agrees with him— In fact will go one 
step further and suggest HOW. 

In copy and art work, in sentences 
and ikhrases and catehlines, let's 
keep the buyer ot the tickets in mind 
even though it might hurt once in a 
while to tell the absolute truth about 
a picture. Forget the 'I' and the -We* 
for awhile and concentrate on 'You* 
—the customeiwind that new kind 
ot publicity will have been estab- 
lished. 

This business needs 
chologlsts. 

£. £. Bair, 
Defiance Theatres. 



more psy- 



B. & K. HOUSES TIE-UP 
WITH ATLASS RADIO 



Chicago, June 13. 

Tie-up with all the Balaban & 
KaiE theatres in Chicago has been 
arranged by both of the Ralph Atlass 
stations, WIND and WJJD. 

Stations are putting on nine 30- 
word announcementa daily on each 
staUon, while Balaban & Katz the- 
atres (35 of 'em) are placing trailers 
on all screens telling their patrons 
to listen to the stations regularly. 
Theatres are also distributing 100,000 
handbills weekly among their pa- 
trons to plug both the theatre shows 
and the station programsi 



RobL Donat's Father 
Sees Son in "Mr. Chips' 



New Haven, June 13. 
Incidental to the showing of 'Good- 
bye, Mr. Chips,' a special screening 
of the flint was arranged by Harry 
Shaw and Matt Saunders at the 
home ot Ernest Donat, father of the 
star, Robert Donat Elder Donat, 83, 
lives on Waterbury road, near 
Bethany. 

Originally planned for Donat, pere, 
to attend the opening performance, 
bfit ilhiess prevented. Shaw sent the 
theatre's projection staff to the 
family home and had screen and 
machines set up for the special run- 
ning of the film. 



V«dneBda7> June 14, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



tlTelles-'Briilar Strong $17,000, On; 
Xonquest' Heads for Nifty $13,000, 
thinatown'-Vaude Grows to $11,000 



Chicago, June 13. 

Plenty of ratn on the two opening 
days, and there were two sides to 
the question of the rain's eflect on 
business. While the showers kept a 
number of people off the streete. It 
also halted any weekend exodus, 
thus adding to boxofflce poten- 
tialities. : 

Downtown there were three en- 
tries of importance, with probably 
the outstanding theatrical Item being 
the personal of Orson Welles and 
troupe at the Palace. Indications are 
that Welles and co, will turn in 
okay trade for the house. 

Topping the films is 'Man of Con- 
quest,' < at the Roosevelt, with the 
w^rn epic trend of recent days 
again Indicating its boxofflce effi- 
cacy. The Apollo has 'Young Mr. 
Lincoln,' but doesn't expect too 
much, already beginning a big ad- 
vance campaign for 'Goodbye, Mr. 
Chips,' which follows. The Chicago 
is holding over 'Juarez,' plus a new 
stage show, and looks for satisbring 
trade, 

EsUmates (or This Week 
Apollo (B&K) (11200; 35-55-65)— 
•Mr. Lincoln' (20th). Pre-Civll War 
historical getting good comment and 
heading for $5,500, fair. I,ast we^^ 
'CktriUa' (20th) mediocre at $4,200. 

CUeae* (B&K) (4,000; 35-55-75)— 
•Juarez' (WB) (2d week) and vaude. 
Tommy Riggs and Guy Robertson 
came in on the stage, supplementing 
. second week of the film. Holding to 
strong $28,000 after fine $34,000 last 
w£ek. 

Garriek (B&K) (900; 35-55-65)— 
•Nazi Spy' (WB) (2d run). Moved 
here for third Loop session after a 
fortnight in the Roosevelt. WiU get 
$i000, okay. Last week, 'Rose' 
(20th) (2d run) finished to $3,900. 

.Oriental (Jones) (3,200; 25-40)— 
•Old Dark House' (U) and 'My Man 
CiOdfrey' (U) (reissues) and vaude. 
Adds up to average $11,000. Last 
week, 'Made Her Spy' (RKO) arid 
'Love of Money' (U), $10^00; 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 35-55-65-75) 
—'Bridal Suite' (M-G) and vaude. 
Orson Welles troupe listing as head- 
liners. Good $17,000. Last week, 
■Mikado' (U) slid to meek $12,500. 

Boosevelt (BSOC) (1,500; 35-55-65- 
75)— 'Man of Conquest' (Rep). Ap- 
pears headed for satisfactory $13,000. 
Last week, 'Nazi Spy' (WB) wound 
up second gallop to good $7,000. 

Slate-Lake (BfitK) (2,700; 25-40)— 
'Chinatown' (Par) and vaude. Grow- 
ing steadily to $11,000. Last week, 
sgt. Madden' (M-G) same pace at 
$11,200. 

^WORLD' UVEY $6,000, 
GRACIENM, SEATTLE 

m . SeatUe, June 13. 

East Side Heaven' holding into 
second week, after splendid opener 
«. the Paramount 'Angels Have 
wrngs. advertised as in final week, 
Liberty, has been socko 
all the way. 'Mikado' doing weU at 
the Music Box, earning a third 
week, while 'Captain Fury' runs a 
moveover to the Blue Mouse. Take 
on the whole, however, has been on 
the weak side. 

Estimates for ThU Week 
,»■{■• (Hamrlck-E vergreen ) 

& i2-37;42)-'Fury' (UAF and 
Jones Family in Hollywood' (20th) 
(2d week). Garnering $6,000 for six 
?.H?}:.\ week, 'Lucky 

^f eht <M-(3) and 'Secret Service of 
Air^(WB) (3d week) $1,600, okay, 
fl ,(Hamrick- Evergreen) 
«n2r.V.''"?'-'2)— Tygmallon' (M-G) 
V!5^''*'" Missouri* (Par) (2d 
run; Odd combo slow at $2,500. Last 
&'Midnlght' (Par) anT''Fitliid 
Loose (M-G) (2d run) $3,200, good. 
BrlH:? /„ (Hamrifk-Ever- 
?f^H. 32-37-42)-'Wonderful 
fM M ^i^lSi TeU No Tales' 
• w ^ . %229' nlc*- Last week, 
to mVoo^^^ (2d week) eased off 
M> $3,300, mild. 

'a1:JS^^J^"'^'> <1-«50; 21-32-42)- 
A«gels Have Wings' (Col) (5th 
^k). Grabbing $4,000 for final 

M- ,^st week. $5,000. big. 
TkSISS. /Hamrict-Evergreen) 
^^A^ ^^J "d week) $4,000 for 

HMO ^*' ^^^'^ 

ff^^'i?^ (Hamrick- Evergreen) 
CbS?= S2-37-42)-'Gra(Se Murder 
wSfn. ^^V. 'Women in the 

w«v at S^.OO0. Last 

X^&Tury* (UA) and 'Jones Family 
jn^Hollywood- (20th), landed $6,800, 

il^ov^, (Sterling) (1,350; 16-27- 
an;??u;r'^'"^. Mountain Skies' (Rep) 
rv.i,xJ'\J"*^?f,"'tE'>^es' (Col), plus 
PhiS™'*" »""es and Wei Hal, 
MfS^^ troupe, on stage. Fancy 
&000. Last week, 'Comet Over 
Broadway- (WB) and "Street of 
Mjfsing Men' (Rep) plus Sterling 
ifoung band on stage, dandy $4,800. 
raramount (Hamrick-Evergreen) 



(3,039; 32-37-42) 'East Side of 
Heaven' (U) and 'Ambush' (Par) 
(2d week), $4,200, good. Last week, 
fine $8,000. 

Boosevelt (Sterling) (800; 21-27- 
32)— 'Dodge City' (WB) (2d run) 
and 'Newsboys Home' (U). Power- 
ful $2,500. Last week, 'Smart Girls 
Grow Up (U) and 'Pacific Liner' 
(RKO) (2d run) solid $2,300. 

Uptown (Sterling) (600; 27-42)— 
'Song of Freedom' (Ind) (2d week). 
Okay at $400. Last week, nice at 
$700. 



Royalty Ups B.O. 
b D.C.; 'Juarez,' 
Vaude ObylSi/jG 



Washington, June 13. 

More thari 100,000 visitors to see 
the King and Queen took nice care 
of Thursday (8) and Friday (9), 
upping end of last week and start of 
this, but localities are still too much 
interested in the out-of-doors to per- 
mit any fancy grosses. There are 
only two new pictures, both okay, 
with 'Juarez,' at the Earle, leading 
town nicely. 'Lucky Night' and Ar- 
thur Treacher's personal is next at 
the Capitol. 'Rose of Washington 
Square' and 'Mikado' are battling 
evenly in second weelcs for third 
honors. 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3,434; 25-35-40-66) 
—'Lucky Night' (M-G) and vaude. 
Loy and Taylor plus Treacher's per- 
sonal fighting opposition for average 
$16,000. Last week 'Cisco Kid' (20th) 
poor $12,000. 

ColambU (Loew) (1,234; 25-40)— 
'Hardys- (M-G) (2d run). Back 
downtown after two okay stanzas at 
the Palace. Looking to average 
$4,000. Last week 'Gorilla' (20th) 
same. 

Earle (WB) (2,216; 25-35-40-66)— 
'Juarez' (WB) and vaude. No stage 
names, leaving it all up to Paul Muni 
film, heading toward nice $18,500, 
Last week, 'Angels Have Wings' 
(Col.) slipped sharply though still 
satisfactory at $17,000. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,830; 35-55)— 
'Mikado' (U) (2d wk.). Dropping 
fa'st, but should finish with solid 
$7,000. Last week same picture, nice 
$13,000. 

Met (WB) (1.600; 25-40)— 'Nazi 
Spy' (WB) (2d run). Back on main 
stem after good week at the Earle 
and should see firm $4,300. Last 
week 'Man Conquest' (Rep) (2d run) 
passable $3,900. 

Palace (Loew) (2.242; 35-55)— 
'Washington Square' (20th) (2d wk.), 
Satisfactory $7,500.' Last week same 
picture, okay $13,500. 



'JUAREZ' NEAT $14,000; 
BALTO LOOKS BETTER 



Baltimore, June 13. 

In spile of continued torrid weath- 
er, biz improved here this week, the 
Stanley and combo Hipp stepping up. 
Former, nicely buttressed with 
'Juarez,' opened and is holding in 
steady style. Hipp is leaning heavily 
on p.a. of Ozzie Nelson and Harriet 
Hiluard to bolster 'Sorority House' 
into the best figures here in we^cs. 
Rest of town still in the doldrums 
with some mild action for 'Wonder- 
ful World' at Loew's Century. 
Estimates for This Week 

Century (Loew's-UA) (3,000; 15- 
25-40)— 'Wonderful World' (M-G). 
Fairish $8,000. Last week 'Kildare' 
(M-G) built nicely to $9,200. 

Hippodrome (Rappaport) (2,205; 
15-25-35-40-55-66)- 'Sorority Hoiise' 
(RKO) plus vaude. Coming through 
with booming $13,000, thanks to ue 
fiesh. Last week, second of 'Angels 
Have Wings' (Col) added mild $8,200 
to somewhat disappointing first ses- 
sion at $12,600. 

Keith's (Schanherger) (2,406; 15- 
25-35-40)— 'Invitation to Happiness' 
(Par). Opening tonight (Tuesday) 
after two pleasant weeks of 'Mikado' 
(U) to satisfactory total of $9,600. 

New (Mechanic) (1.581; 15-25-35- 
55)— 'Lincoln' (20th) (2d week). WiU 
add an anaemic $2,700 to $4,100 at 
dull first stanza. Rather disappoint- 
ing afler ambitious publicity build- 
up. 

SUnley (WB) (3,280; 15-25-35-40- 
55— 'Juarez' (WB). Off to big open- 
ing and holding bullish pace to pos- 
sible $14,000. Last week 'second of 
'Nazi Spy' (WB), fell down some 
with mild $6,200 after satisfactory 
initial session at $10,200. 



Fhrst Rons on Broadway 

Week of Jane IS 



/Subject to Change) 
Astor— 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' 

(M-G) (5th wk.). 
Capitol— Tarzah Finds a Son' 

(M-G) (14). 

(Reviewed in Vamety, May 31) 

Globe— 'Mr, Moto Takes a Va- 
cation' (20th) (17). 

MdbIo Hall— 'Clouds Over Eu- 
rope' (Col). 

Paramonnt— 'Invitation to Hap- 
piness' (Par) (2d wk.). 
fReviewed in VARierr, May 10) 

Blalto— Inspector Hornleigh' 
(20th) (14). 

SIvoU— 'Stolen Life' (Par). 
fReviewed in Varietv, Feb. \) 
Boxy— 'Young Mr. Lincoln' 
(20th) (3d wk ). 

Strand— 'Juarez' (WB) (4th 
wk.). 

Week of June 22 

Astor — 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' 
(M-G) (6th wk.). 

Capitol— 'Maisie' (M-G). 
(Reviewed in Vabiety, June 7; 

Criterion— 'Grand Jury's Se- 
creU' (Par) (21). 

Globe— 'The Challenge' (Film 
Alliance) (24). 

Mnsle Hall — 'Good Girls Go to 
Paris' (Col). 

Paramonnt— 'Invitation to Hap- 
piness' (Par) (3d wk.). 

Blvoll — 'Stolen Life' (Par) 
(2d wk.). 

Boxy- 'Susanna of the Mount- 
les (20th) (23). 

Strand — 'Daughters Ck>urag- 
eous' (WB) (23), 



'Juarez' $16,000 
LeadsNumbPht; 
'Mikado' $S,400 



Pittsburgh, June 13. 

Worst depresh in the celluloid 
market since '32 continues, with man- 
agers in a fairly optimistic mood, 
however, since they figure rock bot- 
tom has been reached. Based on im- 
proved Indexes in other fields, 
they're looking for a definite up- 
swing by the first of the month. 

Only real biz this week is being 
turned in by 'Juarez,' at the Penn. 
Stanley, which has been hitting new 
lows for the last fortnight, looks 
headed for still another one with 
'Kid from Kokomo* and stage show- 

'Mikado' doing fair at Fulton and 
sticks, with house folding for several 
weeks when run ends. ^r. Lincoln' 
at Alvin is suffering right along with 
rest of them. It'll hold, too, but not 
because take warrants it Senator 
managing to get by with twin-bill 
reissues twice weekly and has cut its 
losses a bit 

Estimates for This Week 
Alvln (Harris) (1,850; 25-35-50)— 
'Mr. Lincoln' (20th). Getting ground 
under in the general sluggishness, 
despite loads of extra newspaper 
space and good campaign. Headed 
for around $6,500, no biz for this type 
of picture, but holds for second 
week. Last week, second of 'Angebs 
Have Wings' (Col), around $4,200 
after better than $7,000 getaway. 

Fulton (Shea-Hyde) (1,750; 25-40) 
—'Mikado' (U). Got under way with 
a special, reserved-seat premiere and 
reaction moderately favorable. 
Enough Savoyard maniacs around to 
give It encouraging $5,400, and that 
m turn is enough to justify hold- 
over. When picture runs out its 
string, Fulton will fold for nve weeks 
and perhaps remainder of summer. 
Last week, third of 'Washington 
Square' (20th), around $3,300, giv- 
ing musical close to $20,000 on the 
run, 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 25-35- 
50)— 'Juarez' iV/B). Class click 
only thing that's denting the de- 
presh to any great extent and even 
It's not getting what should nor- 
mally be In the cards for a film of 
this kind. Paced for around $16,000. 
Last week 'Wonderful World' (M-G) 
fell to pieces after good start, $11,000, 
several grand under original esti- 
mate. 

Senator (Harris) (1,750; 15-25)— 
'Pygmalion' (M-G) and 'Can't Cheat 
Honest Man' (U), tour days, and 
'Broadway Bill' and 'Lady for Day' 
(Col), three. Twin-bill reissues with 
tWlce-weeklv change hitting fairly 
steady level here, and 'Pygmalion' 
even boosting it a bit Maybe $1,- 
500 on seven days, pf.etty good. Last 
week 'Algiers' (UA;, 'Stand Up and 
Fight' (M-G), 'Four Daughters' 
(WB) and 'Cowboy and Lady' (UA) 
split around $1,300. 

Stanley (WB) (3,600; 25-40-60)— 
'Kid from Kokomo' (W") and Mar- 
lon Talley-J3hnny Perkins-Slate 
Bros, on stage. Another new low, 
third In a row, in prospect for WB 
deluxer. Will be lucky to - snatch 



B'wayStiD Slow; 'Sun Never'$ig,000, 
'Happiness'-Harry James- Jane Froman 
$41,000, 'Juarez' 30G 2d, Top Street 



$8,800, bruUI. Last week 'Dr. Kil- 
dare' (M-G) and Bert Wheeler on 
stage, $9,800. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 25-40)— 'I'm 
from Missouri' (Par) and 'Get Away 
Murder' (WB). Even the good ones 
can't get any money, so what chance 
have a couple of 'B's' like these? 
Answer is none, as $2,800 so con- 
clusively proves. Last week reissue 
of 'Mutiny on Bounty' (M-G) and 
'Sorority House' (RKO) also in the 
dumps, $3,000. 

'Ex-Champ,' Fite 
Pic Fair 3G,K.C.; 
lorld'DuallP/zG 



Kansas City, June 13. 

Two new bills and two holdovers 
comprise film situation currently. 
Real coin is at the Midland, with 
'Wonderful World' the main reason. 
Wacky comedy only new film with 
any name values and making most 
of opportunity, though not upsetting 
any precedents. 'Juarez' holds over 
at the Newman, though initial week 
was little more than average. 

Shortage of first-hm houses mak- 
ing little difference to remaining 
downtown and first-rim spots. But 
recent shuttering of Tower and 
Orpheum figured to give slight break 
to nabes, especially first and second 
subsequents. Biz in general facing 
strong competition from outdoor 
pastimes and resorts. 

Estimates for This Week 

Esonlre (Fox Midwest) (820; 10- 
25-40)— 'Ex Champ' (U). Coupled 
with Baer-Nova fight films, bill is a 
natural for the ' fight lans. Fair 
$3,200. Last week, 'Young Mr. Lin- 
coln' (20th) played day and date 
with the Uptown. Poor $2,300. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,573; 10-25-40) 
—'Wonderful World' (M-G) • and 
'Tell No Tales' (M-G). Only double 
bill in town among deluxers and 
only new show with big names. Good 
$11,000 seen. Last week, 'Dr. KU- 
dare' (M-G) and 'Streets of New 
York' (Mono), dualled, pleasing at 
$10,500. 

Newman (Paramount). (1,900; 10- 
25-40)— 'Juarez' (WB) (2d week). 
Plodding along at steady, though not 
buxom, gait for fair $5,500. Last 
week, fair $7,000. 

Uptown (Fox Midwest) (1,200; 10- 
25-40)— 'Young Mr. Lincoln' (20th) 
(2d week). Holding its own at 
$4,500, bettering $4,200 of first week 

Cincy Acers Perk; 
'Juarez' Tops, 14G, 
Tory' Tepid $8,000 

Cincinnati, June 13. 

Ace cinemas slightly ahead of last 
week, though still not entirely satis- 
factory. This week's topper is 
'Juarez' at the Albee. Its draw is al- 
most double of the next-best 'Cap- 
tain Fury' at the Palace. Other fresh 
releases, 'Bridal Suite' and 'Hotel 
Imperial,' are below pars for Keith's 
and the Lyric. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (3,300; 35-42)— 
'Juarez' (WB). Very good $14,000. 
Last week, 'Angels Have Wings' 
(Col) good $12,000. 

Capitol (RKO) (2,000: 35-42)— 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col). Trans- 
ferred from Albee for second week. 
Poor $3,500. Last week, 'Wonderful 
World' (MrG) (2d run), fair $4,000. 

Family (RKO) (1,000; 15-25)— 
'Outside These Walls' (Col) and 
'Panama Patrol'. (Indie) split with 
'Romance of Red Woods' (Col) and 
'Big Town Czar' (U). House stort- 
ing summer policy by cutting scale,* 
dropping duals and changing three 
times a week instead of twice. Fair 
$1,800. Last week, 'Fixer Duganr 
(RKO) and "Love or Money* (U), 
split with 'Flying Irishman' (RKO) 
and 'Code of Streets' (U), at 20-30c. 
fair $1,900. 

Grand (RKO) (1.200; 26-40)— 
'Washington Sq.' (20th) (3d run). 
Fair $2,500. Last week, 'Hardys' 
(M-G) (3d run), exceUent $3,000. 

Keith's (Libson) (1,500: 35-42)— 
'Bridal Suite' (M-G). Mild $4,000. 
Last week, 'Lady's From Kentucky' 
(Par), also $4,000. 

tyrlc (RKO) (1,400: 35-42)— 'Hotel 
Imperial* (Par). Terrible $2,000. 
Last week, 'Like It Hot' (Par); icy 
$a.O0O. . 

Palace (RKO) (2.600: 35-42)— 'Cap- 
tain Fury* (UA). N.s.h. $8,000. Last 
week 'Gracie Allen Murder Case' 
(Par), six days, a near all-time low 
for this theatre, $4,000. 



Visit of England's king and queen 
to New York Saturday hurt and the 
weekend rain failed to bolster the 
boxofflce as much as expected. Only 
'Invitation to Happhiess,' 'Juarez' 
and 'Mr. Chips' are dragging them 
in appreciably. 

'Happiness' plus Jane Froman and 
Harry James' band speU ; $41,000 to 
the Paramount, which means a sec- 
ond week. 'Jbarez' at the Strand 
will hit %30,m on its second lap, 
excellent for this time of year and 
considering competish; holds a third 
week. 'Chips' continues strong at 
the Astor, with more than $14,000 
on top for the fourth week. Fifth 
session began yesterday (Tues.). 

'Mikado' turned in a highly disap- 
pointing ''second week at the RivoU 
and is succeeded today (Wed.) by 
•Stolen Life.' 

The Capitol with '6,000 Enemies,' 
yanked after sbc days, "Tarzan Finds 
a Son,' with morning p.a. of Johnny 
WeismuUer, in today (Wed.) after 
all-time low for the house with a bit 
over $5,000 for the six days. 'Sun 
Never Sets' at the Music Hall is an- 
other headache with only about 
$65,000 in sight, not so good after 
$50,000 on the second week for 'Capt. 
Fury.' 

Stote dragging bottom . too with 
only about $13,000 for 'Man of Con- 
quest* and modestly budgeted stage 
snow. 

Estimates for This Week 
Astor (1,012; 25-40-55-65)— 'Chips' 
(M-G) (5th week). Doing okay, 
over $14,000 being rung up for 
fourth week ending Monday night 
(12). Third week highly satisfactory 
$15,000. 

Capitol (4,520; 25-35-55-85-$1.25)— 
'Tarzan Finds a Son' (M-G). Opens 
this morning (Wed.) after .'6,000 
Enemies' (M-<i) was pulled last 
night; little more than $5,000 for the 
six days, brutol, and a new low. Last 
week. Tell No Tales* (M-G), imder 
$10,000, bad. 

Criterion (1,662; 25-40-55)— 'Grade 
Allen Case* (Par). Looks close to 
$6,000 for seven days. Last week. 
'Undercover Doctor' (Par), aroimd 
$6,000, mUd. 

Globe (1,274; 25-40-55)— 'Missing 
Daughters* (Col). Nearly $4,000, 
slim pickings. "Climbing High* (Col), 
in ahead, only $3,500 for full week, 
sad. 'Moto Takes Vacation* (20th) 
opens Saturday. 

Palace (1,700; 25-35-55)— 'Nazi Spy* 
(WB) (2d run) and 'Could Happen to 
You' (20th), dualed. Under previous 
week's gross at about $7,200, mild. 
Previous brace, 'Washington Sq.* 
(20th) and 'Panama Lady' (RKO), 
$8,200, fair. 

Paramount (3,664; 25-35-55-85-90) 
— 'Invitotion Happiness' (Par) and 
Harry James band, Jane Froman, 
others on stoge (2d week). Storts 
holdover today (Wed.), after first 
week of $41,0()0, extremely good for 
this time of year and considering 
conditions. Final (4th) week 'Union 
Pacific' (Par) with Emery Deutsch 
band, got $21,500, getting by, after 
$27,000 on third week; excellent 
profit for the four-week run. 

Radio City Mnsle Hall (5,980; 40- 
60-84-99-$1.65) — 'Sun Never Sets' 
(U) and stoge show. Around $65,000 
in prospect, not so forte. 'Clouds 
Over Europe' (Col) in tomorrow 
(Thurs). Last week, 'Capt. Fury* 
(UA) (2d wk), n.8.g. $50,000. . 

RIalltf (750; 25-40-55)— 'Racketeers 
of Range' (RKO) and 'Girl from 
Mexico' (RKO), dualed. Dragging 
in $5,500, little better than previous 
week when 'Missing Men' (Rep) and 
Nova-Baer fight film got $5,000; both 
mUd. 'Inspector Hornleigh* (20th) 
comes in tomorrow (Thurs.), revert- 
ing to single feature policy again. ' 

Blvoll (2.092; 25-55-75-85-99) — 
'Stolen Life' (Par). Goes in today 
(Wed). 'Mikado* (U) (2d week) 
highly disappointing with under 
$10,000 in prospect First week a 
virile $19,000, fine for this house 
considering everything. 

Boxy (5,836; 25-40-55-75) — 'Lin- 
coln* (20th) and stoge show. Al- 
though the $36,500 first week less 
than the picture deserved. It failed 
to hold much better for the second 
week; little more than $26,000 in 
the offing. 'Susannah of Mounties' 
(20th) opens next Friday. 

Stote (3,450; 35-55-75) — 'Man of 
Conquest' (Rep) (2d nm) and, on 
stoge, Dinty Doyle, Borrah Mine- 
vitch's Rascals, Buddy Clark. Luclv 
to get more than $13,000. Last week 
around $17,000 for 'Lucky Nlghtf 
(M-G) and vaude, also tepid. 

Strand (2.767; 25-40-55-75-85-99)— 
'Juarez' (WB) and Pancho orchestra 
(2d week). Picture credited for biz 
holding up, with $30,000. in sight for 
the second week. Goes third week. 
First week was $42,000, tremendous 
for this period of year. 



10 VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, June 14, 1939 



londerfulWorld'OKSSmMpk.; 
Tjctory' Smart $2,400, Others Mild 



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Rain Boosts Omaha; 
Torf'-Ted Lewis OK 14G 



Minneapolis, Jun« 13, | 
Grosses still extremely mild with 
little hope for an early upturn. Pro- 
longed and heavy rains over the 
-week-end and lack ot smash attrac- 
tions are aggravating the slump, 
which has held the showhouses in 
Its grip for 9 considerable period. 

Best of the newcomers is 'Wonder- 
ful World' at the Orpheu'm. 'Hardys 
Ride High' wound up a profitable 
fortnight shared between the State 
end Century. . The 10-day run ot 
'Angels Have Wings' also was sat- 
isfactory. 

Estimates (or This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (900; 15-25)— 
liady and Mob' (Col) and 'Unmar- 
ried' (Par). Moderate $1,000 in pros- 
pect for five days. Last week 'Get 
Away Murder' (WB) and 'Panama 
Lady' (RKO) split with 'Romance 
Redwoods' (Col) and 'Code Secret 
Service,' $1,200, tame. 

Century (Par-Singer) (1,600; 25- 
35-40)— 'Kildare' (M-G). Picture 
well-liked, but b.o. leaves much to 
be desired. Mild $4,200. Last week 
'Hardys Ride High' (M-G) (2d 
week), $4,700, good enough after big 
$8,400 first stanza. 

Gopher (Par'-Sihger) (998; 25)— 
'Like It Hot' (Par). Getting quite 
a play from the youn^isters, especial- 
ly the Jitterbugs, which should help 
Omheum takings two weeks hence 
when Bob Hope appears in person. 
Fairly good $2,800 iAdicated. Last 
week 'Tell No Tales' (M-G), $2,600, 
pretty good. 

Oranada (Par) (900; 25-35)— 'Dark 
Victory' (WB). En route to good 
$2,400. Last week 'Bell' (20th) split 
with 'CasUes' (RKO), $2,200. Fa&ly 
good. ■ 

Orphenm (Par-Singer) (2,300; 25 
35-40)— 'Wonderful World' (M-G). 
Much enthusiasm and should build 
to fair $5,500. Last week 'Angels 
Have Wings' (Col), $8,600 in 10 days, 
good. 

Steto (Par-Singer) (2,300; 25-35- 
40) — 'Invitation to Happiness' (Par). 
Irene Dunne a draw and climbing to 
light $4,000. Last week 'Lucky Night' 
(M-G), $3,500, poor. 

Time (Giliman) (200; 25-35)— 
•Mayerllng' (Foreign) (2d run). 
House making bid for carriage trade 
and recording some progress, but 
still has considerable distance to go, 
Fair $800. Last week 'Pygmalion' 
' <M-G) (2d week) copped fair $000 
In eight days after satisfactory $950 
first week. 

World (Steffes) (350; 25-35-40-55) 
—'Concert In Tyrol' (Foreign). Vien- 
nese picture hitting slow pace, $800. 
Last week 'Wolf Call' (Mono) out 
after four days, poor $400. 

OKLA. CnY LOOKS UP; 

mam good $5,300 

Oklahoma City, June 13 
Slight Increase in grosses makes 
the outlook much better. Set for 
good grosses this week are 'Dark 
Victory,' at the Criterion, and "Lucky 
Night,' at the Midwest 'Angels 
Have Wings' passes second week and 
Is set for half of a third at the State, 
where it's holding up- well. 

Sstimatea for This Week 
Criterion (Stan) (1,500; 25-35-40) 
—'Dark Victory' (WB). Good $5,300. 
Last week, 'Hardys' (M-G) hit high 
$6,100. 

Liberty (Stan) (1,200; 20-25)— 'Kid 
from Texas' (M-G) and "Tarnished 
Ansel' (RKO) split with 'On Trial 
(WB). . Mild $2,500. Last week. 
•Code Streets' (U) and 'Earte and 
Hawk' (Par) (reissue) split with 
- "Love Money" (U) and Nova-Baer 
picture, sma.sh $3,300. 

Midwest (Stan) (1,500: 25-35-40)— 
•Lucky Night' (M-G). Good $4,000. 
Last week, East Side Heaven' (U) 
nice $5,000. 

Plaia (Stan) (750; 25-35-40)— 'East 
Side Heaven' (U) (2d run). Satis- 
factory $1,800. Last week, 'Broad 
way Serenade' (M-G), three davs, 
$500. split with S«!t. Madden' (M-G) 
(both 2d run), $600, poor. 

Stote (Noble) (1,100; 20-25-40)— 
•Angels Have Wines' (Col) (2d 
week). Nice $4,000. Last week, top 
notch $5,500. 

Tower (Stan) (1,000; 25-35-40)— 
•Hardys' (M-G) (2d run). Okay 
$2,800. Last week, 'Wutbering' 
<UA) (2d run) poor $1,500. 

•Maisie' $10,000, Prov., 
Good; 'Grade* Average 

Providence, June 13. 

Usual summer slump has , appar- 
ently set in with a vengeance, leav- 
ing exhibs.with I'^e to do but hope 
for a break. Intensive teaser-ad 
campaign helping 'Maisie' nicely at 
Loew's, with 'Young Mr. Lincoln' at 
Majestic taking second place. Cur- 
rent biz will determine how soon 
Fay's, town's only vaude-pic house, 
will close for summer. 

Estimates for This Week 

Carltoi^ (Fay-Loew) (1,400; 25-35- 
60)— 'Juarez' (WB) (2d run) and 



1 

'North Sea' (Ind) (2d run). So-so 
$3,500. Last week, 'Only Angels' 
(Col) and 'Boy Slaves' (RKO) (2d 
run) slow $2,800, 

Fay's (Indie) (2,000; 25-35-40)—; 
'Cisco Kid' (20th) and vaude. Below ' 
average $4,500. Last week, 'Gorilla' , 
(20th) and vaude, fair $5,000. 

MaJesUe (Fay) (2,200; 25-35-50)— ' 
"Young Mr. Lincoln' <20th) and 
'Charlie Chan Reno' (20th). Fairish 
$6,000. .Last week, 'Juarez' (WB) 
and 'North Sea* (Ind) held for nice 
$7,500. 

Slate (Loew) (3,200; 25-35-50)— 
'Maisie' (M-G) and '6,000 Enemies' 
(M-G). Pace stepped up over previ- 
ous weeks for eobd $10,000. Last 
week, 'Captain Fury' (uA) and 'Lady 
Mob' (Col) fair $9,000. 

Strand (Indie) (2,200; 25-35-50)— 
'Gr^de Murder Case' (Par) and 'Un- 
dercover Doctor' (Par). Average 
$5,000. Last week, 'Hotel Imperial' 
(Par) and 'Blind Alley' (Col), same. 



'JUAREZ' GOOD $3,100 
IN LINCOLN COMPETISH 



Lincoln, June 13. 

Nothing fancy this week, although 
the oldie 'Having Wonderful Time,' 
unplayed here to date. Is doing well. 
'Juarez' and 'Lady's from Kentucky' 
lean to the light side. Exhibs look 
for an early fold of the midget auto 
races, which buck the Friday night 
openings, none of the three contests 
having broken even yet Baseball, 
with the team in a long winning 
streak, has come up to plague about 
three nights a week. 

Estimates tor This Week 

Colonial (NTI - Noble • Monroe) 
(750; 10-15) — 'Carson Strikes Again' 
(Vic) and 'Crime Ring' (RKO) split 
with "This Marriage Business' (RKO) 
and 'Six-Gun Rhythm' (GN). Slow 
$800. Last week; 'High Flyers' 
(RKO) and "Texas Steers' (Rep) 
spUt with 'Naughty Girls' (RKO) 
and "Wyoming TraU' (Mono). N.s.g., 
$850. 

Liberty (NTI-Noble) (1,000; 10-15- 
25)— 'Wolf Call' (Mono) and 'Little 
Pal' (Mono). BiUing Mickey Rooney 
heavily in this antique, which helped 
to open. Pret^ fair $1,100. Last 
week, 'Missing Daughters' (Col) and 
'Code Secret Service' (WB), did very 
well, $1,600, a surprise. 

Llnooln (LTC-Cooper) (1,600; 10- 
15-20)— 'DevU's Island' (20th) and 
'For Love or Money' (U). Pretty 
good $2,100. Last week, 'Joneses in 
Hollywood' (20th) and 'Crooked 
Mil? (Par), very nice, $2,300. 

Nebraska (LTC-Cooper) (1,236; 10- 
25-40)— "Juarez' (WB). Campaign 
started late, but biggest fault is that 
it's arriving in between university 
closing and summer school opening. 
Just misses the smart audience and 
needs it However, getting good 
$3,100; Last week, 'Wonderful 
World' (M-G), no whiz, but satis- 
factory $3,000. 

Stnart (LTC-Cooper) (1,900; 10-25- 
35) — 'Lady's from Kentuclty' (Par). 
Fair $2,700. Last week, 'East Side 
of Heaven' (U), good at $3,500. 

Varsity (NTI-Noble) (1,100; 10-25- 
35) — 'Having Wonderful Time' 
(RKO). Average $2,000. Last week. 
'Only Angels Have Wings' (Col) (.2d 
week); $2,000, good. 

Boff. Socked; "Ex-Cbamp' 
Doal Eyes Meek $4,500 

Buffalo, June 13. 

This week Is another sinking spell, 
which even the Bowes amateurs at 
the Buffalo, usually a shot in the 
arm "here, are not relieving. 'Mr. 
Lincoln' at the Liakes is also a dis- 
appointinent 

Estimates for This Week 
' Bnffale (Shea) (3,500; 30-35-55)— 
•Could Happen' (20th) and vaude. 
Up a little after last week's depress- 
ing gross with any credit for the fig- 
ure due to the Bowes ams. Around 
$11,000. Last week "Wonderful World' 
(M-G) went under, $9,000. 

CenMiry (Shea) (3,000: 25-35)— 
'Undercover Doctor* (Par) and 'Ze- 
nobla' (UA). Sliding to $4,000. Last 
week 'Eagle and Hawk' (Par) and 
"Nancy Drew' (WB), as expected, 
just under fair $5,000. 
. Great Lakes (Shea) (3,000: 30-50) 
—'Mr. Lincohi' (20th) and "Chasing 
Danger' (20th). Surprisingly weak, 
probably over $6,000. Last week 
'Captain Fury* (UA) and •Girl from 
Mexico' (RKO) mild $7,000. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100: 25-35)— 'Tell 
No Tales' (Par) and 'Jones Family' 
(20th). Bad $4,000. Last week, 
'Bridal Suite* (M-G) and Torchy 
Runs for Mayor* (WB), just over $4,- 
000, poor. 

Lafeyette (Havman) (3,300; 25-35) 
—'Ex-Champ* (U) and 'Love or 
Money* (U). Dowd to sub-average 
$4,500. Last week "Angels Have 
Wings' (Col) (2d week). mUd $5,000. 



Omaha, June 13. 
Ted Lewis is pulling solidly with 
"King of Turf on the screen, at the 
Orpheum. Current appearance, how- 
ever, is under last snowing here. 

Manager Will Singer brpught back 
two oldies, 'Human Bondage' and 
"Star of Midnight,' for okay biz at 
the Brandeis. 

Cloudy, rainy weather helped spin 
the wickets. 

Estimates for This Week 
Avenne - Dundee - Military (Gold- 
berg) (800.950-600; 10-25)— "Midnight* 
(Par) and 'LltUe Princess' (20th) 
spilt with "Boy Trouble' (Par), "Mr. 
Wong' (Mono) and 'Whispering En- 
emits' (Col). iShouId end with $1,- 
800, nice. Last week 'Castles' (RKO) 
and 'Missouri' (Par) solit with Toil- 
spin' (20th), 'Persons Hiding' (Par) 
and 'Road to Reno' (U). Swell $1,900. 

Brandeis (Singer-RKO) (1,250; 10- 
25-35-40)— 'Human Bondage' (RKO) 
and 'Star of Midnight' (]^0) (reis- 
sues). Dandy $5,500. Last week, 
second stanza of "Angels Have 
Wings' (Col) and "Rookie Cop' 
(RKO). $4,500, fair. 

Omaha (Blank) (2,000; 10-25-40)^ 
'Cisco Kid' (20th) and 'Hound Bas- 
keri'ille' (20th). Competish holding 
to $7,500, mediocre. Last week, "Won- 
derful World' (M-G) and "Society 
Lawyer' (M-G), $8,000, good. 

Orphenm (Blank) (3,000; 10-35-55) 
—'King of Turf (UA) with Tted 
Lewis stage show. - Solid $14,000. 
Last week 'East Side Heaven' (U) 
and 'Spirit Culver' (U). good $9,000. 

Town (Goldberg) (1,250; 10-20-25) 
— 'Pony Express' (Rep), 'My Son's 
Criminal' (Col), and 'Almost Gentle- 
man' (RKO), split with 'Water Rus- 
Uers' (GN), 'Midnlifhf (Par) and 
'Little Princess' (20th). Aiming at 
$1,900. dandy. Last week "Blue Mon- 
tana Skies' (Rep), "Persons Hiding" 
(Par) and Tailspin' (20th), split wiQi 
'Gun Justice* (U), 'Missouri' (Par) 
and 'Castles' (RKO). Ended well for 
$1,800. 



Philip Continues to Feel Slump; 
'Angels' Tops Town with $14,500 



'Angels* Strong $10,000, 
'Hot' Only Tepid, Denver 

Denver, June 13, 
•Angels Have Wings' proving the 
big draw this week, clicking solidly 
at the Denver. 'Some Like It Hot' 
at the Denham a disappointment 
while among the dualers, 'Missing 
Daughters' and 'Code of Streets,* at 
the Rialto is showing fair strength, 
Rest lethargic. 

Estimates for This Week 
Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 25-40)— 
'Washington Square* (20th) (2d run). 
Pleasant $4,000. Last week 'Mutiny . 
on Bounty' (M-G), fair $3,000. 

Denham (CockriU) (1,750; 25-35- 
40)— 'Some Like It Hot' (Par). Dis- 



appointment at $5,500. Last week 
•Lady's from Kentucky* (Par), fair 
$6,000. 

■ Denver (Fox) (2,525; 25-35-40)— 
"Angels Have Wings' (Col). Lively 
at $10,000. Last week 'Washington 
Square' (20th), good at $9,500. 

Orphenm (RKO) (2.525; 25-35-40) 
—"Sorority House' (RKO) and "Six 
Thousand Enemies' (M-G). Only fair 
with $6,500. Last week 'Mikado* (M' 
G) and 'Tell No Tales* (M-G), good 
$9,000. 

Faramonnt (Fox) (2,200; 25-40)— 
•Nazi Spy' (WB) and Torchy for 
Mayor* (WB) (2d week). Okay $3,- 
000 after big $5,500 last sesh. 

Blalto (Fox) (878; 25t40)— 'Missing 
Daughters' (Col) and 'Code of the 
Streete' (U). Not bad with $3,000. 
Last week 'Bell' (20th) (2d ruii) and 
'For Love or Money' tU), good at 
$2,000. 



INDPLS.BLUE;mDARE,' 
'STREETS' DUAL $6300 



Indianapolis, June 13. 

Theatre' managers downtown are 
singing the boxoffice blues, with 
even -.ttie nabes joining the chorlis. 
Films that looked strong on paper 
are failing to produce, and bad 
weather over the weekend made the 
take even more dismal. 

Estimates for This Week 

ApoUo (Katz-DoUe) (1,100; 25-30- 
40)--' Juarez' (WB). Anemic after a 
strong week at the Circle. Just 
Tn'akhig the grade with $2,800. Last 
week, "Union Pacific' (Par), brought 
back for a third week after, lapse, 
just about made the nut with $2,500. 

Clrola (Katz-DoUe) (2,600; 25-30- 
40)— 'Young Mr. Lincoln' (20th) and 
"Gorilla* (20th). Sufferhig from the 
general apathy, $5,000. I.ast week, 
'Juarez* (WB) finished strong with 
$8 800 ' 

Loew*8 (Loew's) (2.400: 25-30-40) 
—'Calling Dr. Kildare' (M-G) and 
'Streets of New York' (Mono). Win- 
ning the doubtful honor of being 
first in the mourning circle with 
$6,300. Last week, 'Freedom Ring' 
(M-G) and 'Bridal Suite' (M-G) 
finished sadly, $5,300. 

Lyrlo (Olson) (1,900; 25-30-40)— 
"Chan in Reno' (20th) and vaude. In 
the cellar with $5,500. Last week, 
'Boy Friend' (20th) and vaude ofl 
When Rufe Davis didn't pull as an- 
ticipated. Finished in the red, $7,000. 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 



Those old comic strips, once considered fit only for backward children, 
htive developed into one of the most prolific sources of motion picture 
material Five of these pen-and-ink serials are already established in the 
films, a sixth is serving as the basis of animated cartoons and two more 
are under negotiation by major studios. Latest of the strips threatening 
to go Hollywood are "Major Hoople' and •Li'l Abner.* Currently on the 
screen are 'Blondie' at Columbia, Tallspln Tommy* at Monogram, •Tarzan' 
and 'Captain and the Kids' at Metro, 'Jane Arden* at Warners and 'Flash 
Gordon' at Universal. Picture biz is helping to keep newspaper syndicates 
out of the red. 



John Bo'ettlger, son-in-law of President Roosevelt, and former Hays 
office associate, now publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, wrote a 
lead editorial on the Neely bill in the northwest daily, panning that pro- 
posed legislation. 

He concludes, ^e public is the ultimate judge of pictures under any 
plan. But surely, it is unnecessary to. break down a system which has 
given the American pubUc the world's best motion pictures and is con- 
stantly improving its product to experiment with a plan that would be 
foredoomed to failure.' 



Major indie producer Is getting th6 chill from t^yo morning Los Angele»< 
syndicate columnists whom he tried to pry loose from their jobs. Pro- 
ducer's envoy barged into one news office and asked the editor to remove 
the offending column forthwith. Same demand was repeated to the other 
sheet's attorney. Both cases were turned over to the jurisdiction ot the 
columnists, who are not going out of their way to do any favors, for the 
producer. 

System of news flashes, which would teke news Into the theatre and be 
shot on the screen as fast as a newsprinter operates, will shortly be offered 
theatre exhibitors. Paul Davis, now in New York, is behind the project 
Basic idea Is to flash the news ticker tape on the screen, much as is done 
In Wall Street brokerage offices. A few changes in the theatre's lamp- 
house are necessary to handle the bulletins. Understood that the cost of 
the news service will be about $20 per week to each theatre. 



The Institute for Research of Chicago, which is devoted to vocational 
research, has just completed a survey on 'Motion Picture Theatre Operation 
as a Career.' 

Published In monograph form, it details duties of management, opera- 
tion methods, qualifications necessary for theatre management capital re- 
quirements of operation, locations, routine positions, earnings, etc, A 
breakdown of costs is also provided. 

Americanism drive in Fox-West Coast theatres will be accentuated by 
frequent screening in each ot the several hundred houses ot a 'pledge to the 
flag' trailer. Words of the American flag pledge are made a part of the 
short, with the tune, 'Columbia, the Gem ot the Ocean,' as background 
music. In addition, every F-WC theatre has been supplied with new 
American flag, to be flown each day. 



Brenda Joyce, set for 20th "The Rains Came,' was formerly a commer- 
cial ad model, Betty Leabo. Ardls Gaines, of the Federal Theatre Project 
in New York, when signatured by Warner Bros., became Brenda Marshall. 



Philadelphia. June 13. 

WiSi the continued slump and hot 
weather crimping the b.o.s, grosses 
continue to be way ofl, though in 
the light of past weeks they're 
slightly better. 

"Angela Have Wings,* last week- 
end's only important opening, is 
pacing the film lineup with only 
mediocre biz. Ute Fox, under a new 
policy of strong fllmfare and lesser 
vaude, instead of the reverse, as in 
the past, is coming out on just about 
the borderline with "Young Mr. Lin- 
coln* and Johnnie ('Scat') Davis 
fleshing. 

The Stanton, too. Is In its initial 
sesh of a new policy and doing right 
well. It has dropped firstruns and 
taken up the second-run policy of 
the closed Keith's. "Washington 
Square' Is in currently and okay.' 

Week-end got double-trouble from 
the weatherman. . With temperatures 
at the broiling point Saturday (10) 
and Sunday (11), a short but mighty, 
thundershower just at showtime on 
the Sabbath eve kept jaway even 
those who didn't go to the seashore, 
fair or country. 

Estimates for This Week 

Boyd (WB) (2,360; 32-42-57)— 
"Juarez* (WB) (3d week). Warner 
circuit, with a long, lean summer 
ahead, conserving product wherever 
possible, which accounts for this 
lengthy stay, although $8,500 this 
late in the term isn't bad. Last week 
$12,000 was nice. 'Invitation to Hap- 
piness' arrives tomorrow (Wednes- 
day). 

Earle (WB) (2,758; 26-32-42)— 
•Undercover Doctor' (Par). Scarcely 
enough to keep this giant house out 
of the woods, $5,000. Last week 
'Missing Daughters' (Col) just a lit- 
tle better at $5,800, still no profit 

Fox (WB) (2,423: 32-37-42-57-68)— 
'Lhicoln' (20th) and vaude. Just fair 
at $17,000. Last week 'Wonderful 
World' (M-G), with Cass Daley and 
C^haney and Fox In the flesh, very 
weak at $16,600. 

Karlton (WB) (1,066; 32-42-57)— 
'Stolen Life' (Par) (2d run). Pretty 
sad $3,600. Last week 'Wuthering 
Heighte' (UA) (2d week of 2d run) 
did all right with $4,000 in view ot 
six prior weeks at the Aldine. 

Palaoe (WB) (1,100; 26-42)— 
'Wuthering Heights* (UA) (3d run). 
Same as at the Karlton, $5,000, fair 
in the light of the lengthy h.o. Last 
week 'Dark Victory* (WB) (3d run) 
another one that had to contend with 
a good previous milkinp and came 
out well at $5,500 after 25 days in 
town. ■ 

Stanley (WB) (2,916; 32-42-57)— 
•Angels Have Wings* (Col). Looks 
satisfactory at $14,500 only in view 
of generally bad conditions: Will 
S-^*** 0"ly by straining. Last 
week •Washington Square* (20th ), in 
five days of a second week (house 
closed two days for air conditioning 
renewal), very mUd $8,000, 

Stanton (WB) (1,457; 26-32-42)— 
TFashlngton Square* (20th) (2d run). 
House thriving on Second run whilo 
it was strictly punk with action ini- 
tial-runners; $9,000 this week, v.e. 
Last week "Ex-Caiamp* (U), $3,500 
m six days, poor. 



*Big Union^ 



(Continued from page 3) 



the union*8 organizer, had resigned 
in a row with Whitehead. 

Television Jnrlsdlction . 

Question of television jurisdiction, 
raised some weeks ago by Equity, is 
not being considered by the Four A's 
during Thomson*s stay in New York. 
He stated, however, that he is op- 
posed to any settlement of the dis- 
puted jurisdiction that would involve 
raising the cost to SAG members 
working in the vlslo medium. Re- 
vealed that he has learned of sev- 
eral instances of television tees 
shrinking from $50 to $25 a program 
In the few months the medium has 
been in active use, but added that he 
would favor a committee of the 
whole Four A*s to study the question 
and deal with it 

Evident that all the other Four 
A's unions will continue to oppose 
Equity's claim of jurisdiction in the 
field, without claiming such repre- 
sentation for themselves. The idea 
apparently is to avoid an outright 
batUe, but to staU ofl deciding the 
issue until television develops to an 
extent that its character and course 
can be determined and controlled. 
Question Is not one of which union 
should be favored, but of how the 
Interests of the members can best be 
safeguarded and promoted. 



Wednesday, June 14, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



11 



N.G. Pix Boif Frisco; 'Hours'-Vaude 
Poor $12,000, 'Kildare-Siiite'$9,i 



San Francisco, June 13. 

The moaning here is terrific this 
week. Biz is terrible. However, the 
alibi this time for the big dip is not 
the Fair but poor product. 

EsUmates for TUs Week 

Fo« (F-WC) (5,000; 35-55-75)— 
'Young Mr. Lincoln' (20th) and 'Tell 
No Tales' (M-G). Notices mixed on 
•Lincoln,' which will draw, mediocre 
$12 MO. Last week, 'Juarez' (WB) 
(2d' wk) got $10,000. 
"crtden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 35-55) 

Twelve' Crowded Hours' (RKO) 

and vaudeville. Gate is celebrating 
its Mth Jubilee Week, offering a 
pleasing bill. Although the stage 
show doesn't have any names, its 
one of the best this house has had 
in some time. Biz, however. n.s.g. 
at $12,000. Last w.eek, 'Ex-Champ' 
(U) and vaudeville got $15,000, good. 

Orpheum (F&M) (2,440; 35-S5)— 
'Sun Never Sets' (U) and 'For Love 
Or Money' (U). Will be lucky to 
get by $6,000. Last week, (3d), 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col) was 
pulled two days before it completed 
third full week so that Orpheum 
could get back to regular Thursday 
opening. Meagre $4,500. 

Parameunt (F-WC) (2,740; 35-55- 
75)_'Gracie Allen Murder Case' 
(Par) and 'Gorilla' (20th). Trouble 
at $10,000. Play from the kids is 
pretty good for this all-comedy bill. 
Lack of product seems to l>e the real 
difficulty and this situation is apt to 
continue for at least another four 
weeks. Last week, 'Invitation to 
Happiness' (Par) and 'Bulldog 
Drummond's Secret. Police' (Par) 
didn't show strength, $10,000. 

Si Francis (F-WC) (1.470; 35-55 
75)— 'Juarez' (WB) (3d wk). WiU 
wind up its run on Market street 
with fairly satisfactory $5,000. Last 
week. 'Eagle and the Hawk' (Par) 
and 'Star of Midnight' (RKO), both 
reissues, garnered $5,000. 

United Artists ((johen) (1,200; 35. 
5S-B5)— 'Mikado' (U) (2d wk). Im- 
portation failing to create much ex 
citement. Picture, however, is well 
liked. Won't get past $6,000. Initial 
stint got $7,000. 

Warfleld (F-WC) (2.680: 35-55-75) 
—'Calling Dr. Kildare* (M-G) and 
•Bridal Suite' (M-G). Getting hy 
with $9,000. Bad advance pub- 
licity on 'Suite' has hurt Last week 
(3d), 'Nazi Spy' (WB) -and 'Some 
Like It Hot' (Par) ended with fair 
$6,000. 



HAPPINESS' HAPPY 6iG, 
LEADS ALL IN L'VniE 



Louisville, June 13. 

Takings continue seasonally medl 
ocre. In the lead is 'Invitation to 
Happiness,' dualled at the Rialto, 
followed by 'Wonderful World,' 
paired with 'Tell No Tales,' at Loew's 
State. Mary Ann is trying a brace 
of features for the first time in many 
. months, but twin policy not bringing 
■n appreciable rise in gross. 

Louisville Colonels, local diamond- 
ers, left for road trip, making the 
going more pleasant for downtown 
film houses. Softball still pulling 
crowds during the 7 to 10 p.m. pe- 
riod, and new fields being added to 
. the already large number, are un- 
doubtedly hurting b.o's. 

EsUmates tor This Week 

Brown (Loew's-Fourth Avenue) 
(1,500; 15-30-40) — 'Lucky Night' 
(M-G) and 'Society Lawyer' (M-G). 
This pair was shown at Loew's State 
about three weeks ago, not grabbing 
much on the stanza. Indications are 
that return at this house will be on 
hght side, probably $1,500. Last week, 
'Rose' (20th) and 'Love Money' (U), 
managed passable $1,900. 

Kentucky (Switow) (900; 15-25, 
Midnight' (Par) and 'Arizona Wild- 
cat' (20th'). Trade at this house con- 
sistent and it's currently making 
fair seasonal showing at $1,600. Last 
week, 'Dodge City' (WB) and 
Blondie Meets Boss' (Col), pretty 
good $1,500. 

Loew's SUte (Loew's) (3,100; 15- 
30-40)— 'Wonderful World' (M-G) 
and 'Tell No Tales' (M-G). Opened 
one day ahead of schedule, and get 
tmg good word-of-mouth. Satisfac 
i^ry, although nothing terrific, at 
$5,500. Last week, Tir. Kildare' 
(M-G). and 'Streets New York' 
iS*--""^' paced the town for fine 
$7,000. 

Mary Anderson (Libson) (1,000; 
15-30-40)— 'On Trial' (WB) and 
Torchy Runs For Mayor' (WB). 
Twin bill this week, making aU 
downtown houses 100% double fea- 
ture. This house has been doing 
well on single feature policy, with 
strong product to sell Prospects 
for pretty .good $3,200. Last week, 
Juarez' (WB) on its second week, 
with help of Baer-Nova fight pic, 
managed okay $3,600. 

BUlio (Fourth Avenue) (3.000; 15- 
fg-40)— 'Invitation to Happiness' 
(Par) and 'Undercover Doctor' (Par), 
.'j'eltmg some healthy b.o. action and 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week $1,4S1,30» 

(Based on 26 cities, 168 thea- 
' tres, chiefly /irst runs, tnctudinff 
W.Y.) 

Total Gross Same Week 
Last Tear .$U71,3«» 

(Based on 23 cities, 153 theatres) 



swarms of the younger element, now 
that schools are out. Pacing for the 
town's best gross, which should hit 
a robust $6,500. Last week. 'Young 
Mr. Lincohi' (20th) and 'Chan in 
Reno* (20th), just couldn't get going, 
and wound up with a limp $3,600. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1,400; 
15-30-40)— 'GorUla' (20th) and 'Boy 
Friend' (20th). Ritz freres stacking 
up as potent b.o. draw, and look, 
like a good $3,700. Last week, 
'Grade Murder Case (Par) and 'Un- 
married' (Par), about as per expec- 
tations, $3,000, average. 

ttEViOFEBUT 
'CHIPS' $1(1000 



ClevelanTI, June 13. 

Biz off along with everything else. 
Only picture- hitting par is 'Mr. 
Chips,' which landed a birdie at the 
State with special preview. Hipp's 
'Only Angels' also got oS well but 
'Nazi Spy'^is dubbing. 

Estimates for This Week 

Alhambra (Printz) (1.200: 10-20- 
35)— 'Romance of Red Wood' (Col) 
and 'Zero Hour.' Going mildly at 
$1,000 for four days. Last week, 
'First Offender' (RKO) and 'Trouble 
Sundown' (Col) took $900 in three 
days. 

Allen (RKO) (3,000i 30-3S-42-55)— 
•Juarez' (WB) (2d run). Had two 
excellent weeks at Warners' Hipp 
and regardless of heat, looks to good 
$4,000 here. Last week. '£x-Champ' 
(U) shadowboxed itself for seven 
duU rounds, $2,000. 

Hipp (Warnor) (3,700; 30-35-42-55) 

— Angels Have Wings' (Col). Nice 
opening and exploitation got It off; 
$10,000 satisfactory if temperature 
doesn't go up again. Last week, 
'Juarez,' on second lap, surprised 
with its strength, stealing unexpected 
$8,500 duriqi; heat spell. . 

Palace (RKO) (3,200: 30-35-42-55) 

— Nazi Spy' (WB). Set up a prece- 
dent by being kept ■ over— house 
never held anything before except 
the flesh 'Folies Bergere'— and also 
started its summer vaudeless grind. 
Terrific ballyhoo copped smart $11.- 
000 in first week but a holdover is 
apparently a mistake since it's ap- 
proaching $4,000. 

State (Loew's) (3.450; 30-35-42-55) 
— 'Mr. Chips' (M-G). Displaying 
more power than all others. A steady 
climber, eyeing $16,000. Last week, 
'Wonderful World' (Par) in six-and- 
half days lost some of its early steam, 
$8,500. fair. 

SUIIman (Loew's) (1.972; 30-35-42- 
55)_'Wonderful World' (M-G). Hold- 
over only coasting, with ordinary 
$3,500. Last week, 'Some Like It 
Hot' (Par) was poor, hardly hitting 
$3,000. 

'Juarez' Socko $8,000, 
Portland; 'Mikado' Hums 

Portland, Ore., June 13. 

'Juarez' setting a terrific pace at 
the Hamrick-Evergreen Paramount, 
which has dropped its double feature 
policy and scored with more daily 
fhows. The Mayfair took 'Angels 
Have Wings' for a third winning 
week following two highly successful 
ones at the Par. Also better than 
average is 'Mikado' at Parker's UA. 
EsUmates for This Week 

Broadway (Parker) (2,000; 30-35- 
40)— 'Captain Fury* (UA) and 'Bridal 
Suite' (M-G). Just average at $4,000. 
Last week, 'Man Conquest' (Rep) and 
'Get Away Miirder' (WB) better than 
par at $4,600. 

Maytair (Parker-Evergreen) (1.500; 
30-35-40)— 'Angels Have Wings* (Col) 
and 'Boy Friend' (20th) (2d run). 
After two winning stanzas at the Par 
still strong at $3,500. Last week, 
'Nazi Spy^ (WB) and 'For Love 
Money' (U) (3d week) closed to $2,- 
600. 

Orpheum (Hamrick - Evergreen ) 
(1,800: 30-35-40) — 'Grade Murder 
Case' (Par) and 'Girl from Mexico' 
(RKO). Nice at $4,300. Last week. 
'Gorilla' (20th) and 'Women in Wind' 
(WB) okay $4,000. 

Paramount (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(3,000: 30-35-40) — 'Juarez' (WB). 
Terrific $8,000. Last week, 'Angels 
Have Wings' (Col) and 'Boy Friend' 
(20th) (2d week) strong $5,200 and 
moved to the Mayfair. First week 
big $6,500 

PIx (Indie) (1,100; 20-25)— 'Hono- 



lulu (M-G) and 'Burn 'Em Up O'Con- 
not' (M-G). New split-week policy 
of ' revival pictures did average biz 
for. four days at $1,000. Tailspin* 
(M-G) and 'Sunset Trail' (Par) and 
vaude for three days scored on the 
vaude for $1,800. Ijast week, Ezra 
Buzzington's comedy band stage unit 
top billed duo of revivals, 'Sawyer 
Detective' (Par) and 'Moto's Last 
Warning' (20th), for good $3,000. 

United ArUsU (Parker) (1,000; 30- 
35-40)— 'Mikado' (U). Registered 
well at $5,500. Last week, 'KUdare' 
(M-G) and 'Tell No Tales' (M-G) 
average $3,700. 

Strike Setded, 
Det. Looks Up; 
^BridaT OK lOG 



'Happiness' $14,500 for Par, Sadness 
For the Rest in LA.; 'Sun W/i^ Dual, 
King Turf 9G, I Spots, Xhips (NC 



Detroit, June 13. 

Cool weekend figures to be the 
only salvation for downtown houses, 
with product in the two big houses. 
Fox and Michigan, just fair to mid- 
dlin'. Adams and Palms-State, play- 
ing 'Young Mr. Lincoln* and 'Juarez,' 
respectively, on second runs, are 
getting the only real play. 

Return of 150,000 to. work, follow- 
ing settlement of Brlggs Body strike, 
won't show up in the grosses for 
soine time because boys haven't had 
a paycheck in several weeks,' . 
Estimates for This Week 

Adams (Balaban) (1.700; 30-40>— 
'Mr. Lincobi' (20th) (2d run) plus 
•Boy Friend' (20th). Former moved 
here after sesh at the Fox; looks like 
good $7,500. Last week, $5,500 for 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col) (2d run) 
and 'Girl from Mexico' (RKO). 

Fox (Fox-Mich) (5,000; 35-40-55)— 
'Sun Never Sets' CU) combined with 
'Sorority House' (RKO). Second 
stanza minus flesh and' with lowered 
prices won't bring more than $10,000 
fair. Last week, first on dual policy, 
resulted in around $13,000 for 'Mr. 
Lincoln' (20th) and 'Could Happen' 
(20th). 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000; 
30-40-65)— 'Bridal Suite' (M-G) plus 
'Tell No Tales' (M-G).- Headed for 
fair $10,000. Last week, pretty 
good $15,000 for .'Juarez' (WB) and 
'Jane Arden' (WB). 

Palms • State (United Detroit) 
(3,000; 30-40-50)— 'Juarez' (WB) (2d 
run) and 'Nancy Drew, Trouble 
Shooter' (WB). Muni-Davis opus 
moved here after mce stanza at The 
Michigan; paced for good $9,(>00 
Last stanza got mild $5,800 for 'Can't 
Get Away with Murder' (WB) and 
'WoU CaU' (Mono). 



B'KLYN DOWN 



Heat Smacks Theatres; 'Angels* Dual 
Tops Town with $18,909 



Brooklyn, June 13. 

Downtown theatres were smacked 
terribly last week by the heat wave. 
Top biz this stanza is at the Fabian 
Fox, showing 'Angels Have Wings* 
and 'Some Like It Hot.' Fabian 
Paramount is in second week with 
.'Union Pacific' and 'Rollin* in 
Rhythm,' which will come through 
adequately. Closing of Warner's 
Strand in downtown sector hasn't 
had any visible effect on b.o's of 
other deluxers. 

EsUmates for This Week 

Albee (3,274; 25-35-50)— 'Gorilla' 
(20th) and 'Happen to You' (20th). 
Slumped to $13,000. Last week. 
'Rose' (20th) and 'Fixer Dugan' 
(RKO) (2d week) came through 
with satisfactory $14,500. 

Fox (4,089; 25-35-50) — 'Angels 
Have Wings' (Col) and 'Some Like 
It Hot' (Par). Figured to snare good 
$18,000. Last week, 'Kid Kokomo' 
(WB) and -Street of New York' 
(Mono) (2d week) fair $13,500. 

Met (3,618; 25-35-50)— 'Calling Dr. 
Kildare' (M-G) and 'Bridal Suite' 
(M-G). Looks like mild $15,000. 
Last week, 'Wonderful World' (M-G) 
and 'House of Fear' (U) got good 
$17,500. 

Paramoant (4,126; 25-35-50)— 
'Union Pacific' (Par) and 'Rollin' in 
Rhythm' (WB) (2d week). Fair 
$14,000. Last week, pair came 
through for fine $22,000. 

Heat Wave Cools Mont'l 
B.O.; 'Angels' Tops, O'/jG 

Montreal, June 13. 

No standout grosses in sight, with 
a heat wave to discourage attend- 
ances. Loew's will close July 1 un- 
til end of August and the Princess 
will be air-conditioned at same time. 
EsUmates for This Week 

Palace (CI) (2,700; 25-45-55)— 
'Angels Have Wings' (Col), Pacing 
town with $6,500, good for this time 
of season. Last week, 'Washington 
Square' (20th) also good. $6,500. 

Capitol (Crr) (2,700; 25-45-55)— 
'Wonderful World' (M-G) and 'Tell 
No Tales' (M-G). May reach $5,500, 
good. Last week, 'Lucky Night' 
(M-G) and 'Woman in Wind' (WB) 
fairly good $4,500. 

Loew's (CT) (2,800; 30-40-60)- 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 

This Week..... $218,700 

(Based cin 12 theatres) 
Total Gross Same Wees 

Last Tear $185,709 

(Based on 10 theatres) 



'Nazi Spy* (WB) (2d wk). Good 
enough $5,000 in sight after excellent 
$8,000 last week. 

Princess (CT) (2,300: 25-34-50)— 
'Sergeant Madden' (M-G) and 'Like 
It Hot' (20th). Fair $3,000. Last week, 
'Dr. Kildare' (M-G) and 'Lady and 
Mob' (Col), $2,500, so-so. 

Orpheam (Ind) (1,100; 25-40-50)— 
'Dark Rapture' (U) and 'Wife's Re- 
lations' (Rep). Should pick up to 
$2,500, good. Last week, poor $1,500 
on 'Captain Fury* (UA) and 'Strange 
Boarders* (Brit) repeat. 

Cinema de Paris (France-Film) 
(600; 25-50)— 'La MarseiUaise' (2d 
wk). Feeling the heat and looks like 
poor $1,000 after fair $1,600 last 
week. 

St Denis (France-Fibn) (2,300; 20- 
34)— •Vidoc' and 'Alexis, Gentleman- 
Chauffeur.' Good $4,000. I^ast week, 
'AlUtude 3,000' and 'Une Java' off, 
$3,800. 

mDARE'BIG 
34G IN BOSTON 



Boston, June 13. 

'Kildare' is standout this week, 
with 'Young Lincoln' taking second 
coin. 'East Side Heaven' holds over 
after a big initial stanza. 

"Keith Boston policy altered: vaude 
three days (Friday-Saturday-Sun' 
day) instead of four days now, with 
two double bill changes to fill out 
the week. 

EsUmates for This Week 

Hasten (RKO) (3,200; 20-30-40)— 
'Mystery Wong' (Mono) and 'Wolf 
Call' (Mono) and vaude split with 
'Mysterious Miss X' (Rep)-'Woman 
Doctor' (Rep) (2d run) and 'Darling 
Daughter' (WB) -'Pardon Nerve' 
(20th) (both 3d run). Heading for 
average $7,500. Last week, 'Panama 
Patrol' (GN) and 'Racketeers of 
Range' (RKO), plus fight picture, 
with vaude, four days; 'King of Un- 
derworld' (WB) and 'Almost Gent' 
(RKO) (both 2d run), two days; and 
•Three Smart Girls' (U) and "Torchy 
BUne' (WB) (both 3d run), two 
days, okay $8,200. 

Fenway (M&P) (1,332; 25-35-40 
55)— 'Juarez' (WB) (2d run) and 
'Sweepstakes Winner' (WB). Okay 
$7,000 indicated. Last week, 'Get 
Away Murder' (WB) and 'Chasing 
Danger' (20th), seedy $5,000. 

Keith Memorial (RKO) (2,907; 25- 
35-40-55)— 'East Side Heaven' (U) 
(2d week) and 'Family Next Door* 
(U). Good $13,000 pace. Last week, 
■Heaven' (U) and 'Moto' (20th), big 
$18,000. 

Metropolitan (M&P) (4,367; 25-35 
40-55)— 'Lincoln' (20th) and 'Boy 
Friend' (20th). Medium $15,0<)0. 
Last week, 'Juarez' (WB) and 
'Women in Wind' (WB) (2d week), 
good $13,500. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,000; 25-35-40- 
55)— 'Kildare' (ff-G) and 'Bridal 
Suite' (M-G). Smash $20,000. Last 
week. 'Angels Have Wings' (Col) 
and -'Society Lawyer' (M-G), satis- 
factory $13,000. 

Paramoant (M&P) (1,707; 25-35- 
40-55 )_• Juarez' (WB) (2d run) and 
'Sweepstakes Winner' (WB). Aiming 
at dandy $8,500. Last week, 'Get 
Away Miirder' (WB) and 'Chasing 
Danger' (20th). $7,000. 

Scollay (M&P) (2,538; 25-35-40-50) 
—'(Gorilla* (20th) and 'Nazi Spy' 
(WB) (both 2d run). Fair $5,000. 
Last week, 'Wuthering Heights' 
(UA) and 'Grade Allen Murder' 
(Par), $5,000. 

State (Loew) (3,600; 25-35-40-55)— 
'Kildare' (M-G) and 'Bridal Suite' 
(M-G). Big $14,000. Last week, 
'Angels Have Wings* (Col) and 'So- 
ciety Lawyer' (M-G), tepid $10,500. 

Okla. Meet June 26-27 

Oklahoma City, June 13. 

Theatre Owners of Oklahoma 
meet here June 26-27- at the Bilt- 
more Hotel, according to Morris 
Loewenstein, prez. 

Ed Kuykendall, MPTOA prexy; 
Bob O'Donnell of Interstate; Gov. 
Leon C. Phillips, are among others 
set to address the open forum dis- 
cussions. 



Los Angeles, June 13. 

Pretty dismal outlook for first runs 
on current week, only bright spot 
being 'Invitation to Happiness' at 
the Paramount which will garner 
satisfactory. $14,000 on initial stanza, 
and sticks for another seven days. 
Balance of town, with exception of 
'Mr. Chips' at Foqr Star (fifth week), 
is shot to pieces. 

Biggest disappointment is failure 
of 'Young Mr. Lincoln' to show more 
b.o. strength after rave preview 
notices. 'Sun Never Sets,' generally" 
panned by critics, furnishing RKO 
and Pantagcs with just a fair week, 
while 'King of Turf (UA) at Warner 
day-daters is no wow. 

Two moveover spots garnering 
slim grosses, so it's plenty of reason 
tor. weeps all around. 

Estimates (or This Week 

Cartbay Circle (Fox) (1,518; 30-40- 
55)— 'Lucky Night' (M-G) and 'Tell.' 
No Tales'. (M-G) dual. Final week 
of moveover first-run policy, occa- 
sioned by shifting of Chinese to all- 
flesh, not very encouraging and 
$2,000 will have to suffice. Last 
week, 'Wonderful World' (M-G) and. 
'Washington Square' (20th), okay 
$3,300. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 30-40-55- 
65)— TCing Turf (UA) and 'Women 
in Wind' (WB), Miserable $5,000 for 
five days forced exit, with 'Juarez' 
(WB) replacing today (Tuesday), two 
days ahead of schedule. Last week, 
'Man Conquest' (Rep) and "On Trial* 
(WB), $8,500. 

Four Star (F-WC-UA) (900; 40^55) 
'Mr. Chips' (M-G) (5th week). Early 
pace continues and looks like easy 
$5,000 on fifth stanza, after fourth 
ended with lucrative $5,600. 

flollywood (WB) (2,756; 30-40-55- 
65)— 'King Turf (UA) and 'Women 
Wind' (WB). Brutal $4,000 for five 
days replacing with 'Juarez' (WB) ' 
today (Tuesday), two days ahead of 
schedule. Last week, 'Man Conquest* 
(Rep) and 'On Trial' (WB), satis- 
factory $8,000. 

Orphenm (Bdwy) (2.280: 25-30-35- 
40) — 'Chasing Danger' (20th) and 
'King Chinatown' (Par) dual and 
vaudeville. Poor $6,500. Last 
week, .'Racketeers oi lange' (RKO) 
and 'One Third Nation' (Par), weak 
$7 000 

Pan'tages (Pan) (2,812; 30-40-55)— 
'Sun Never Sets' (U) and 'For Love 
Money* (U) dual. No wow at $7,500. 
Last week, 'Only Angels' (Col) 2d 
week) and 'Sorority House' (RKO), 
excellent holdover $8,500. 

Paramoant (Par) (3,595; 30-40-55) 
— 'Invitation Happiness' (Par) and 
stage show. Town's best solo grosser 
and headed for good $14,500. Holds 
second week. Last week, nine-day 
run of 'Grade Allen Case* (Par), 
so-so $12,000. 

BKO (2,872; 30-40-55)— 'Sun Never 
Sets' (U) and 'Code Streets' (U) 
dual. Trifle better than Hollywood 
day-dater. for satisfactory $7,4(>0. 
Last week, 'Angels Wings' (Col) (2d 
week) and 'Made Her Spy' (RKO), 
excellent holdover at $8,200. 

State (Loew-Fox) (2,414; 30-40-55. 
75)— 'Lincoln' (20th) and 'Jones 
Family in Hollywood' (20th) dual. 
Disaopointing at $9,100. Last week. 
'Lucky Night' (M-G) and 'Tell No 
Tales' (M-G) $10,800, only fair. 

United ArUsts (F-WC) (2,100; 30- 
40-55)— 'Lucky Night' (M-G) and 
'Tell No Tales' (M-G) dual. Doing 
poorly on moveover for around 
$2,200. Last week, 'Wonderful 
World' (M-G) and 'Washington 
Square* (20th) neat $4,100. 

Wllshire (F-WC) (2,296; 30-40-55- 
65)— 'Lincoln* (20th) and 'Jones 
Family' (20th) dual. Setting better 
pace proportionately than its day- 
dater (State) with fairish $7,200 In 
sight Last week. 'Lucky Night' 
(M-G) and 'Tell No Tales' (M-G), 
$8,000. 



MOSS TO OPERATE 
MINNESOTA, MPLS. 



Minneapolis. June 13. 
Except for minor details, an agree- 
ment has been reached under which 
the 4,200-seat Minnesota theatre will 
reopen in time for the fall season, 
according to the statement by H. K." 
Moss, president of the Minneapolis 
Theatre Co., owner of the building. 
Moss states the Theatre Co. itself 
will operate the house previously 
leased to Paramount's northwest cir- 
cuit. House has been dark more 
than a year. . 

Gordon Green., who managed for 
several years, will be managing di- 
rector. Expected policy will b« 
vaudefllm at a flat 25c admission. 

Previously mentioned the local 
Benz Bros., brewers-theatre owners, 
would take over. 



12 VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wedneedayt June 14, 1939 



hess-Newsreel Coverage of Royal 
VisH Smoothly Worked Out All Hie 
Way ; Had Its Meet on the BD. Too 



Historic visit ot Great Britain's 
crowned heads to the U. S. brought 
the greatest concentration of news- 
men, newsreel cameramen and still 
photographers ever experienced in 
this countr7, gathered In Wash- 
ington and New York, Friday and 
Saturday (9-10). As with the police 
department in Manhattan, every 
available man was assigned to 
cover King George and Queen 
Elizabeth's arrival, with the excep- 
tion oi siceleton crews that were held 
ready for emergencies. 

Orderly arrangements, that were 
carried out to perfection in Washing 
ton when the party called at the 
White House, pleasantly surprised 
vet newsreelmen accustomed to cov- 
ering major news events. Newsreel 
photographers had some 20 locations 
assigned in advance with the of 
flcial events going along as per 
schedule. 

Included in an Army scout car was 
Hugo Johnson, a regular newsreel 
photographer, who ground -out ma- 
terial tor all five reels. He wore the 
regulation army vmif orm as required. 
At one Juncture in the parade 
through Washington streets. Presi- 
dent Roosevelt nudged the King and 
indicated the newsreel grinder. The 
traveling record shows the King 
smilling as he realized that every 
move was being captured- by the 
camera. 

Newspapermen, photographers and 
newsreelmen carried three means of 
Identification in covering the° story. 
Arm band bearing the inscription, 
'British Royal Visit,' with a badge 
and card with similar wording went 
to each one. All three were num- 
bered identically, which provided a 
further check. Those allowed oh the 
royal trains had bands carrying an 
extra red stripe. 

N. T. • Special Headache 

The visit to New York and the 
World's Fair necessitated a special 
pass because of the numerous work- 
ing press scribes, photographers and 
newsreelmen on the job. City News 
Association, covering New York, 
used some 40 district men along the 
route from the Battery to the Fair, 
spotting . a man every mile. City 
News used about 50 odd men in alL 
N. Y. Daily News assigned its' whole 
camera stafl to covering the visit of 
British royalty, about 52 lensers go- 
ing out on the story. 

Similar elaborate arrangements 
were made by other papers and 
press associations, making coverage 
the most extensive ever. Estimated 
that there were as mahy newspaper- 
then and cameramen on the yarn as 
' detectives assigned by the police. 

Reason for such elaborate prepara- 
tions was that each paper wanted to 
get the story itself and to be sure to 
be on the job for any unforeseen in- 
cident At the Fair, photographers 
bad about ' SO good . locations from 
which to record the story. 

The mayor's advisory committee 
on police credentials did a work- 
manlike job coordinating pre^ ar- 
rangements for coverage of the N. Y. 
visit. Both the police and state de- 
partments were confronted with the 
tremendous problem of. spotting 
locations at the formal reception at 
Pier A, for not only newspaper 
scribes and still cameramen, but also 
for radio stafCs and newsreels, as 
well as at many other locations about 
the city, William Henderson, of the 
City News, made a. personal appeal 
to all newspapers, radio units and 
newsreels that they confine their re- 
quests entirely to actual working 
men, leaving out the usual number 
«f brass hats and editor's wives, 
liimited number of passes, then, were 
Issued by the police department on 
the recontmendation of the mayor's 
advisory committee on police cre- 
dentials. 

Peeved at Colombia C 

The newsreels burned plenty last 
week at wliat they charged were 
officious methods' on" the part 'of 
Columbia University regarding the 
visit of the King and Queen to Co- 
lumbia. College forced the reels to 
use Joint coverage, limiting the five 
to one roto camera. They also com- 
plained about the distant location 
assigned to them. 

The five newsreels apparently had 
agreed to pass up handling the Co- 



lumbia U. story until Movietone 
changed its mind and agreed to go 
ahead. This forced the other four 
reels to cover. 

Outcome of Columbia's action Is 
that several newsreels have indi- 
cated they will go slow In the future 
on covering Dr. Nicholas Murray 
Butler unless it is a hot yam. News- 
reel men say that even the limita- 
tions on newsreels covering the royal 
party in Canada were not as harsh as 
Columbia's treatment 



Boys Land Qoeen's Co-op 

Washington, June 13. 
Queen Elizabeth was voted 'the most 
gracious camera personality ever' by 
the newsreel camera grinders after 
the Washington <battle' in the hot 
sun. The British queen leaned over- 
board to assist the newsreel camera 
men at the Union Station in Wash- 
ington when, the royal party, lined up 
for the greeting from President 
Roosevelt, they were at such an 
angle that the lensers could get no 
decent view of the pair. They could 
not shift around, like the still pho- 
tographers, because of their heavy 
equipment 

Word to an official representative 
of the party was enough. The queen 
quietly walked over to one side, 
taking King George with her, as had 
been directed, completely disregard- 
ing tlie prearranged charting of their 
positions. This gave the newsreel 
photographers the shots they wanted. 
Similar co-operation occurred 
throughout the day. 

Next highest praise was for Elea- 
nor Roosevelt, long noted for her asr 
sistance to newsreelmen, who helped 
keep the royal couple in proper 
focus throughout the Washington 
visit One cameraman explained 
that the President's wife constantly 
kept her eyes on the newsreel 
cameras and gently guided her royal 
guest to make sure that she re- 
mained in camera range at all times. 

Picture industry was represented 
at the royalty ceremonies at the 
N. Y, World's Fairgrounds when 
Lieutenant - Commander Harold 
Auten, holder of the British Victoria 
Cross, was formally presented to the 
royal couple. Auten won the Cross 
and the British D.S.C. while serving 
in England's navy during the world 
war. 

Auten is American representative 
of Greater Union Theatres, cinema 
circuit of Australia, with headquar' 
ters In New York. 



Bnlned Detroit 

Detroit June 13, 
Royal visit of King George and 
Queen Elizabeth to Windsor, across 
the river from. Detroit shot holes 
In local amusement biz last Tuesday 
(6), although stopover was only for 
about one hour. 

Upwards of 30,000, plus thousands 
who .crowded the Detroit shore and 
river. Jammed the Border Cities for 
the early-evening visit Hotel rooms 
and other vantage spots sold for as 
high as $50, with many takers, and 
hawkers did a thriving biz with 
those who trekked early In the day 
from all parts of Michigan, Ohio and 
Ontario to obtain a vantage spot 
Theatres were deserted most of the 
day in Detroit and drinking spots 
picked up a few late-hour shekels 
after mob was able to get back 
across the river. 



Radio Self-Reg Up, Too 



Film n^en should find signifi- 
cant because not dissImUar, the 
radio industry's present efforts 
to achieve 'self-regulation.' 

Advance, intimation of what 
the radio code of ethics, soon to 
be adopted, will contain Is de- 
scribed on page 31 of this issue. 



Today s Bistros vs. Yesteryear s 
Class (And Not So) Joints-Lefty 



Film Industry's land 
Of Liberty' Premieres 
Today at N. Y. Fair 



The film industry's contribution to 
the New York World's Fair, 'Land 
of Liberty,' previously known by 
the working title, "Cavalcade of 
America,' starts its continuous run 
at the Federal Bldg. in Flushing 
Meadows today (Wednesday). It 
will be shown in the U.S. building's 
small auditorium which seats less 
than 1,000. 

Title was switched at the last min- 
ute on the Coast because several 
connected with its final completion 
did not like the 'Cavalcade' tag. 
Also it was found that a short had 
been made with a - similar 'Caval- 
cade' designation, and one or more 
features also had- used it 

Film runs more than two hours, 
unless further editing is done to get 
it dose- to a preferred one-hour run- 
ning time. Necessity for steady au- 
dience turnover necesisitates a 
shorter footage. . 

Land' was made from 2,000,000 
feet of features, ^jshorts and news- 
reels. Approximately • 1,000 se- 
quences were taken from 125 feature 
pictures, shorts and newsreels in 
editing the production. Task re- 
quired approximately seven months. 
Both major and independent film 
companies submitted tiielr already 
completed product ot past years and 
currently available so that selte- 
tions could be made. Cast includes 
the namies of many important 
players. 

After full compilation had been 
made by the H^s office in the east 
Cecil B. DeMille assembled and 
edited the picture. Only the narra- 
tion and commentary was added to 
the film after this process. 

Special press book, prepared by 
the Hays office, was printed by the 
Federal government, with 20,000 
copies the initial press run. This 
contains commentary praise by 
James T. Shotwell, director of Eco- 
nomics and .History of the Carnegie 
Endowment for International Peace. 
Dr. Shotwell conferred and collab- 
orated on the historical facts em- 
ployed in the picture. 



MONROE-WARREN END 
KEARNEY, NEB^ POOL 



Kearney, Neb., June 13. 

Buying and operating pool here 
between George O.' Monroe, 'Sr. and 
the Harry Warren-Central States 
Theatres, Inc., is at an end. Break 
came after theatres here had been 
operating under Warren's direction 
for five years. "" 

Move finds Monroe taking back 
the 900 -seat Empress, which has 
been assigned to George Wright to 
manage. Warren's CST manager, 
Nevins Lynn, will be exclusively at 
the World. 



Belped D.C. Shows 

' Washington, June 13. 
Out-of-town influx of about 100,000 
over Thursday (8) and Friday (9) 
to view the King and Queen in their 
visit here upped film biz materially 
for those days, breaking up the offish 
biz that has been prevalent of late. 



Wilbur Flagged On 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Crane Wilbur, writer-director of 
Warners' historical featurettes, was 
handed a new term contract 

His next patriotic short is "Mon- 
roe Doctrine.' 



Hoffman Leaves Rep. 



Hollywood, June 13. 

John Auer stepped in to produce 
and direct 'Highway Patrol' at Re- 
public, taking the place of M) H. 
Hoffman, who checked o.S the lot. 

Production of 'Hit Parade,' on 
which Auer was originally assigned, 
has been deferred until the comple' 
tion of 'Patrol.' 



AIDE BECOMES BOSS 

Hollywood, June 13. 
Herb Noirsch took over the sound 
effects department at Republic, re- 
placing Hank DeMond, who resigned 
to go into another business ven- 
ture. 

Norscb had been DeMond's as- 
sistant 



Al Rogell's Hula 

Hollywood, Juine 13. 
AI Rogell gets the piloting Job on 
the musical, 'Hawaiian Nights,' to be 
produced by Max Golden at Unl 
versal. 

Cast will be picked this week. 

' AGENT SU^ HATTIE NOEL 

Los' Angeles, June 13. 

Charging breach ot contract Da- 
vid Chudnow filed suit for $5,503 
against Hattie Noel,' screen actress. 

Agent claims defendant broke 
five-year contract without cause, 
and asks 10 per cent ot her esti- 
mated earnings during balance of 
the period. 



By Joe Laurie, Jr. 



New York, June 13. 



Dear Vic: 

Just received your letter and see that it's been bo warm at Coolacres 
that you had to put the cooling system to work. Well, after reading the 
statement of the business we did last week I think it would be cheaper to 
have the ushers fan the audience. I suppose it you did that, some of those 
natives would expect Sally Rand behind each tan. Also see where you 
have 'Stagecoach' booked in. Aggie and me saw it and it sure is a great 
picture, and we should do plenty ot business with it It's a real old« 
fashioned horse opera but done with a good camera and swell actors. The 
sheriff doesn't wear a big star, but the horsed are there and the Indians, 
cowboys and soldiers and they shoot almost as much as Olsen & Johnson 
do in their show. 

Joe has been showing me and Aggie a great time taking us around the 
boobtraps, which is what they call nite clubs. Jack White, Frankle Hyers 
and Pat Harrington are the swellest trio since the days ot Clayton, Jackson 
and Durante. They are great in the fast wisecrack and satire. They kid 
everything and everybody and give you plenty ot laughs for your dough. 
Then there's Eddie Davis, at Leon & Eddie's; plenty hot He sings songs 
tor over an hour and as far as the customers are concerned he can stay on 
for two. The late Jackie Osterman had his own club on Swing Street and 
the kid packed plenty of entertainment Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe 
gives you a swell evening's entertainment with artists like Joe E. Howard, 
Tom Patricola, Buddy Doyle, Willie Solar, Emma Francis, Fritzi Scheir, 
Frank LIbuse and dozens ot others. They're great We ended up at Bea 
Marden's where we saw Joe E. Lewis who is to nite clubs today what Al 
Jolson was to musical comedy. This IjCwIs guy is as good in a velour 
palace as he Is in a sawdust joint 

Aggie, Joe and me got to talkln' about the old days around Broadway's 
nite spots. There was plenty ot 'em and some ot the greatest prtists ap- 
peared in 'em but it was sort of different ih^n today; then it didn't seem so 
commercial. But maybe it was. It musta been, because I never heard of any- 
body In night club business for the fun ot it Only looking back is" so much 
easier tor us oldtimers than looking forward, and while memory travels 
we forget a lot about the unimportant details.. We spoke about the old ' 
spots like Maxim's, Shanley's, Reisenweber's with Sophie Tucker, Dixie- 
land Jazz band., Doralinda. Strand Root where little Dave Mallen played 
tor years, Churchill's where Hank the Mule was a big hit Gallagher's 
where that Irish thrush, Julia Garrity, would gargle ballads; the Pekin 
where Vincent Lopez played the groan box, Henry Fink at the old Tokio, 
the old Garden with Eddie Miller, Helen Vincent, Belle Gannon, the Col- 
lege Inn with Joe Ward and one ot the most widely copied Hebe comics in 
the world, Harry Delson. Murray's with its topnotch dance teams; Tommy 
Ljrman at Jimmy Kelly's, Freeman and Dunham singing hundreds of songs 
at Faust's; Bustanoby's Cafe Del Opera, Moulin Rouge, El Dorado, the 
old Marlboro which was Kid McCoy's, Rector's, the Boardwalk, Healy's 
with Hale & Patterson and Bertee Beaumont Sennett's with great enter- 
tainers like Charlie Slatterly and Cookie (Hawthorn and Cook); the Palais' 
Royal with Paul Whiteman and Fritzi Schefl, Back Stage with Helen 
Morgan starting there, Little Club with guys like Frank Fay and Phil 
Baker, Harry Richman, the Plantation, the Silver Slipper with the greatest 
ot 'em all. Van and Schenck, and not forgetting Ruby Keeler and Danny 
Healy; Will Oakland at his Terrace, the Melody Club, Rue De La Paix. 
Jim Redmond's, Texas Guihan's, Pabst's 125th St and Sonntag's, the 
Chatham Club, Mike Salter's where Irving Berlin sang, and Jules Sarnoll 
fiddled; Little Hungary with Rigo the violinist; the German Village where 
Sophie Tucker was first discovered; Clayton, Jackson and Durante's Dover 
Club and later the Parody. 

Artists like the Mosconi Bros., Gilda Grey, Bee Palmer, Billy Arnold, 
Jack Jarrett, Sally Fields were panicking 'em in the nite spots. The Shel- 
bume at Brighton Beach, with Gus Edwards, Bobby Watson, Dave Mallen, 
Frank Crumit Sam Dody and Sam Lewis, yeh even Bert Hanlon. Great 
artists in great spots. Somehow the smoke wasn't so thick and the air was 
fresher. Of course, like Aggie sez, those days we had younger lungs and 
better eyes. We sure had a great time, but me and Aggie still like our beer 
at home, and as I was sayin' to Joe, the guy that wdll open a night spot 
where a feller can put on slippers, unbutton the coat and loosen up bis 
collar, would make a fortune. 

That's about all I got in the news line to point at you this week. Jfobody 
seems to be excited about the King and Queen's visit here next week 
There's been a lot ot argimients in the papers how a guy should meet 'em 
by bowing and curtsying. I guess the only ones that will bow to 'em are 
the actors; just klnda practicing up in case vaudeville comes back. Sez 

Your pal, 

Le/ty. 



$230,000 Drop in U,S. Fix 
For U. K. During 1938 

Washington, June 13. 

Drop ot $230,000 in the valuation 
ot films exported to Great Britain 
was experienced during the calen- 
dar year of 1938, the U. S. Dept of 
Commerce announced last week. 

"Trade report figures showed that 
only 59,015 linear feet of films (ex- 
I>osed and not exposed) were pur- 
chased from the U. S. by the United 
Kingdom, as against 63,976 feet in 
1937 and 63,247 feet for 1936. Value 
placed upon film shipments for the 
three year period was $1,131,000. in 
1038; $1,361,000 in 1937 and $1,496,- 
000 in 1936. 

Sales of motion picture sound 
equipment during the same period 
showed a startling "decrease for each 
consecutive year. During the past 
year only $210,000 worth of equip- 
ment was sold to Great Britain— less 
than half ot the $563,000 valuation 
placed upon 1937 sales and $510,000 
less than the $720,000 worth ot 
sound apparatus exported in 1936. 

Completing statistics published tor 
the 10 months ended October, 1938, 
Commerce Department pointed out 
however, that the 1938 figures - an 
'preliminary and subject to revision.' 



TRACT'S NEWSHAWK TABN 

Hollywood, June 13. 

Lee Tracy has the top assign- 
ment in RKO's 'Headline Holiday,' 
newspaper yarn by Wolfe Kaufman, 
ex-VABiBTT mugg. 

Cliff Reid produces. 



Briggs, Graham-Paige 
Auto Strikes Over In 
Del; Heli» B. 0. Some 

betroit, June 13. 
Settlement ot Briggs Body and 
Graham-Paige strikes, which had 
forced about 150,000 persons out ot 
work tor more than two weeks, 
brought some relief to local exhibs 
late last week, but it figures to be 
only temporary. 

Before the Briggs tieup came, 
Chrysler and Ford divisions were 
Just beginning to clean up produc- 
tion on 1939 models. However, while 
they were forced to shut because of 
lack ot bodies, retell sales in the 
U. S. took a surprising spurt, but 
these makers In general were unable 
to supply sufficient cars. As result 
it's considered doubtful if these two 
manufacturers will be able to get 
sufficient autos out in the field in 
time to cash in on the sales upturn. 

This fact, coupled with the gen- 
eral belief that most auto makers 
bring out 1040 models earlier 
than usual this year to catch the tail- 
end ot the N. Y. and San Francisco 
fair crowds, will imdoubtedly result 
In an early lull In auto 'employment 
while plants are changing over to 
new tools, dies, etc. Competing with 
strong outdoor atU-actions, local film 
exhibs figure to get smaller than 
usual take this summer, especially 
with mediocre product 



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Venezuela's $400,000,000 Expansion 
Program Also a Boom to Film Market 



By JOHN IJNDSA¥ 

^Unfil recentlw director for 20th- 
Fox FUm sa'c* in Venezuela, ond 
slated to return to South Americo 
/or production-distribution^ 

There Is a boom on In Venezuela. 
Picture theatres are crowded; new 
houses are being opened; new equip- 
ment is being Installed. 

There is a' twofold reason for this 
boom. The Venezuelan government 
has started its 'Three Year Plan,' 
which plan calls for the expenditure 
of $400,000,000. New roads, schools, 
hospitals, airports, buUdlngs. And 
secondly, the newly discovered oil 
fields are opening up the 'Oriente,' 
or eastern section of the country. 
New pipe lines, towns, population, 
films. 

It's a great country, run by trained, 
educated, hard-working executives. 
President Lopez Contrares has ap- 
pointed one of the outstanding cab- 
inets in Latin America. The Ven- 
ezuelans, and all the foreigners who 
live there, are enjoying the freedom 
of a real republican government, 
free speech and no Income taxes. 
It's the only cotmtry In the world 
without any internal or external 
debt. 

Film TastM Same 

Film tastes are the same as those 
of any peoples who appreciate art 
" and true-to-life portrayals. Holly- 
wood 'A' product Is doing an out- 
standing business. .No money can 
be made on 'B' double-bill fare. 
The market took a radical turn to 
' native-language and French piC' 
' tures in February, 1937. This prod- 
' ubt is firmly established and there 
' to stay. Mexican hits started with 
■ 'Alia En El Rancho Grande.' The 
I^xican and Argentine producers 
have the proper 'ambiente' — feel, 
psychology, and details in their pic- 
tures, which the Hollywood-made 
talkers lack. 

Venezuelan production Is here. 'El 
Rompimiento' was a starter with bad 
sound and technical details. 'Joropo' 
is in the cutting zoom and will be 
ready for release soon; certain box' 
' office In Venezuela and probably in 
•11 the remainder of Latin America 
' and Spain. 

Metro and Fox have established 
branches in Caracas and Maracaibo, 
The other majors will probably 
shortly follow suit. The exchange Is 
favorable and pegged at 3:19 bolivars 
to the dollar. (Incidentally, if you 
think in terms of U. S. dollars, at the 
' actual exchange, Venezuela is the 
most expensive country In the world 
to live in. Divide by six, and not 
three, to bring living to a New York 
city basis.) 

No Qnota Troubles 
lliere are no quota troubles, cen- 
sorship Is reasonable, and tariffs are 
not a drawback. There are some 110 
theatres now operating and this 
number will increase. Caracas re- 
lease houses now number eight with 
the opening of Manual Fonseca's new 
AvUa, a 2,000-seater, the last word in 
modern equipment, seats, air-condl- 
tlontng and comfort Modem con- 
crete structures are found even in 
the neighborhood houses like the 
Teatro Rex. Lat6t equipment Is 
found in many of the small towns 
throughout the interior of the coun- 
try. In fact, theatres In Venezuela 
are equal to, and In many cases bet- 
ter, than those found In cities and 
V^A^ equal population in the 

The Venezuelans pay $1 (325 bo- 
livars) to see a flrst-run picture, and 
the big houses like the Avila, Con- 
tinental and Principal are often 
crowded.- There are no double bills, 
banknites or dishes. The people stiU 
«o Just to see the show. 

Pictures are normally booked on 
• percentage basis— 50% of the gross 
less the government tax on this spot- 
■•ooitlng market 

American distributors are begin- 
ning to pay attention to this promis- 
uiB and growing foreign field .and 
«» appreciate the fact that the Vene- 
zuelans are extremely friendly to us. 
When we are natural and forget to 
i>e important 



Wilcox's 2 Britishers 
To Select for U. S. Sales 



Herbert Wilcox has sold U.S. dis- 
tribution rights to two English pro- 
ductions to Select Pictures Corp. of 
N.Y. Films are The Royal Divorce' 
with Ruth Chatterton and 'The Re 
turn of the Frog.' Fitelson & May- 
ers handled it for Wilcox. 

Wilcox, now on the Coast making 
'Nurse Cavell' with Anna Neagle for 
RKO, is reported dickering to buy 
the distribution rights to an Inde- 
pendent British production of the 
same name. Idea 'is to shelve this 
picture and take it oil the market, 

'Nurse Cavell' was also produced 
by Wilcox as a silent some years 
ago under the title 'Dawn.' 



New Whodunit NSG 

London, June 13. 
To KiU a Cat' an Ineffectual who- 
■dunlt, opened to poor response at the 
Aldwych Wednesday night (7). 



SHAUER, GORDON SAIL 
FOR BA FRIDAY (16) 



Mel Shauer, head of his Own Vic- 
toria . Films, Inc., unit, in from the 
Coast with WUliam Gordon, , en 
route to South America, sails for 
Buenos Aires Friday (18). He will 
start production on at least two of 
the series of six Spanish-language 
productions which United Artists 
will release. 

Rosita Moreno (Mrs. Shauer), who 
will be starred in the series, is still 
in Hollywood and will join the group 
in B. A. as soon as production setup, 
studio, personnel, etc., has been com 
pleted. Shauer plans to spend six 
months in the Argentine and will 
then make pictures in. Cuba and 
Mexico. 



40G LOST ON 'MEXICANA' 



Mexican Gov't Loses Oat in Booking 
NaUve MosicBl 



Mexico City, June 13. 
With picture producers nixing of- 
fers to buy the plot, it seems the 
Mexican government stands to lose 
$40,000 on 'Mexicana' (nee 'Upa y 
Apa'), pretentious stage revue that 
it backed and which skidded In 
Gotham. 

There appears to be no possible 
way for the government to, get back 
any of the coin it sank into this one, 
which was intended to build good 
will abroad and attract tourists, 
Government is reported to be cool to 
any other propositions that have for- 
eign extensions. 



Cnnrent London Plays 

(With Dates When Opened) 

'Me. and My GirV Victoria Palace 
-^Dec. 16, '37. 

'Dear Octopus,' Queens — Sept 14, 
"38. 

The Corn Is Green,' Duchess — 
Sept 20, '38. 

'Geneva,' Saville— Nov. 22, :38. 

•Under Your Hat,' Palace— Nov. 24, 
•38. 

'Design for Living,' Haymarket— 
Jan. 25, '39. 

Tony Draws a Horse,' Comedy- 
Jan. 28, '39. 

'Black and Blue,' Hippodrome — 
March 8, '39. 

'Gate Revue,' Ambassadors — 
March 9, '39. 

The Man in Half Moon Street,' 
New— March 22, '39. 

'Dancing Years,' Drury Lane — 
March 23, '39. 

'When We Are Married.' Prince's 
—March 27. '39. 

The Doctor's Dilemma,' White- 
hall—March 28, '39. 
■The Women," Lyric— April 20. 
The Little Revue,' Little— April 21, 
'39 

•Third Party Risk,' St Martin's— 
May 2, '39. 

"Intruder,' Wyndham's— May 3, '39. 

'Quiet Wedding,' Piccadilly- May 
8 '39. 

''Inquest' Duke of York's— May 9, 
39. 

'Bridge Head,' Westminster— May 
10, '39. 

'Grouse In June,' Criterion— May 
16, '39. „ • 

'Uneasy Living,' Kingway, May 
18 '39 

'Behold the Bride,' Shaftesbury, 
May 23, '39, 

Of Mice and Men,' Apollo— May 
24, '39. 

Only Yesterday,' Playhouse— May 
25 *39. 

'Rhondda Roundabout,' Globe — 
May 31. '39. 

To Kill a Cat' Aldwych— June 7, 
•39. 



Arnold's Ice Revue 

Clicks in So. Africa 

Cape Town, May 30. 

Tom Arnold's Ice Revue, 'Switzer- 
land,' pulled capacity for six weeks 
at the Empire, Johannesburg, and 
did likewise at the Albambra here 
for eight days, from May 16. Tour 
is under direction of African Con- 
solidated Theatres. Ouftt sailed last 
week for Australia. 

Topllners are PhU Chaihplon> Elsie 
Heathcote, MacKinnon Sisters, Ron- 
ald and Priestley, Connie Grahani, 
Tommy Russell and Ernie Marconi, 
Ross and Bennett. 



Monetary Setup 
May Delay U.S. 
Reentry to Spain 



Resumption of American Aim dis- 
tribution in Spain is seen largely 
a matter the solution of which is 
mainly dependent on the withdrawal 
of rental money. Meantime, most 
major American companies are go- 
ing ahead with preparations for ex- 
tensive distribution in Spain. A ma- 
jority of the bigger companies 
maintained skeleton crews during 
the civil war, but a number with- 
drew -their general managers to 
Paris until hostilities had ceased. 

The big problem confronting 
American companies is to reach 
&ome agreement whereby they can 
withdraw coin collected' during the 
last 28 months and in the future. 
They have had no definite assurance 
from the Franco government that 
they will be abU to withdraw their 
profits. There also is some con^' 
fusion regarding legal tender. Franco 
having ruled that the money in use 
when he took over is no good but 
that his own currency must be- used. 
Most rentals collected by American 
firms in the last two years were 
paid in Loyalist coin. However, the 
loss would' be relatively small if 
not ' redeemable. The U. S. com 
panies, too, had been paying em 
ployees with Loyalist currency. 

Major companies also are slightly 
worried as to how their pictures, es: 
pedally those banned by Germany 
and Italy, will fare at the hands of 
Spanish censors. They are per- 
turbed, too, as to what action will 
be taken on films liaving stars who 
publicly and flftancially supported 
the Loyalist cause in Spain. 

Spain always has been regarded 
as an excellent market for Amer- 
ican films but few U. S. distributors 
want to help finance the rehabilita- 
tion of Spain. 



Lillie, Maurice-Cordoba 
Click in London Cafes 

Iiondon, June 13. 

The Cafe de Paris' new show last 
night (Monday) was a siYiash, all due 
to Beatrice Lillie, who is booked in 
for a month. Indications are that 
shell stick for eight weeks, or until 
ttie nitery closes in August prior to 
the fall reopening. 

At the Savoy hotel, Maurice and 
Cordoba, Americans, in for a month, 
clicked solidly with their ball- 
roomology. 



General Theatre Unit to Be Revived 
In Australia, Ending Breach Between 
Hoyts, Greater Union on Bookmgs 



Aussie IVomen' Up As 
Censor Nix Rebounds 



Attempt by the censor to bar The 
Women' boomeranged in New Zea- 
land and the Clare Boothe comedy 
rebounded with exceptional grosses, 
according to word received in New 
York last week. Censor had nixed 
the play for public presentation 
there, but was reversed by local au- 
thorities. Resultant publicity hypoed 
business. - 

Irene Purcell, Broadway actress 
who had the lead withdrew before 
the troupe returned to Australia and 
after a stopoff in Honolulu is return- 
ing to the U. S. Jack Arthur and 
Helene Denizon have left the Aus- 
tralian company of 'I Married An 
Angel' and have been replaced in the 
leads by Melton Moore and Katrin 
Rosselle. 

Lina Basquette and Henry Mollin- 
son opened the new Minerva theatre. 
King's Cross, Sydney, May 13 in 
Idiot's Delight' Australia & New 
Zealand Theatres, Ltd., is managing 
the shows. 



Broadway Visio 



(Continued from page 1) 



share the field with Equity even- 
tually, which would complicate the 
matter. Heretofore, when excep- 
tions to the extra pay for radio have 
been sought by managers, on the 
grounds that .the tngagements would 
be lengthened. Equity has been 
adamant on insisting the players be 
paid. Broadcasters are expectant of 
support from show business since, 
they say, no profit can be earned 
from television until advertising is 
made part of the programs. When 
that time comes rights would be paid 
for, authors and actors thereby bene- 
fithig. 

Use of radio for theatre promo- 
tional purposes started Monday (12) 
evening in New York over WNYC, 
municipal station. Plan is to. broad- 
cast a program three times weekly. 
Idea was proposed during the win- 
ter but dropped by the managers 
when Equi^ was cool to the pro- 
posal and the attitude of the authors 
was similar. Originally it was pro- 
posed to broadcast portions of cur- 
rent shows; but that plan was 
dropped because of the barriers 
faced in paying actors, and possibly 
authors for the rights. 

Present plan is billed The Voice 
of the Theatre.' consisting of inter- 
views with leading players, show 
gossip and show news. [Reviewed 
under Radio Reports J/ this issue]. 
Understood that next season man- 
agers may buy radla time locally 
and from the networks 'if It's Indi- 
cated that such promotion Is bene- 
ficial. On a commercial basis there 
would no question about payment' to 
players. Latter presently are giving 
their services gratis. 



London L^it Off; Rainer-'Bride' 6G, 
Disappoints; HlkC 3 Musicals Okay 



London, June 5. 
Weist End legit has been much un- 
der the weather, with few shows 
holding up. 

Of the new crop the best money- 
maker is 'Of Mice and Men,' at the 
Apollo, which has jumped from $450 
nightly intake to $1,100. At that 
rate it can run for several months. 
Gilbert Miller and Jack Buchanan's 
The Women,' at the Lyric, has 
dropped slightly below $9,000 week- 
ly after topping $10,000, Drop is 
mainly attributed to heat wave. Dis- 
appointment is Henry Sherek and 
Tom Arnold's 'Behold the Bride,' 
which stars Luise Rainer. Was ex- 
pected to chalk up around $10,000 
for th6 first few weeks, but doing 



hearer $8,000. Can profit, at that fig- 
ure, but not much. 

Of the musicals, 'The Dancing 
Years,' Drury Lane; 'Under Your 
Hat' Palace, and 'Black and Blue,' 
Hippodrome, still continue to make 
money. 

There are a number of shows due 
to fold shortly, and if heat wave 
continues, these are likely to be 
joined by several more. 

'Design For Living' transfers from 
the Haymarket to the Savoy June 12, 
as a two-for-oner. This is first in- 
stance of a Noel Coward show hav- 
ing stooped so low. The Man in 
Half Moon Street,' New, despite rave 
by many scribes, folds June 17 after 
12 weeks, while Tony Draws a 
Horse' moves to the Comedy from 
the Strand as a two-for-oner. 'Doc- 
tor's Dilemma' is another that bows 
out after 11 weeks at the Whitehall. 



Revival of the General Theatre 
Corp., booking organization xised 
jointly - by Greater Union Theatres 
and Hoyts in Australia until two 
years ago,- yesterday (Tuesday) 
seemed a certainty. With its restora- 
tion to active operation, a halt will 
be called to the present prolonged 
struggle between GUT and . Hoyts 
circuits for product in Australia. 

Norman B. Rydge, chairman of the' 
GUT board, who has been in New 
York for the last two months,, is ex- 
pected to disclose details of the set 
up tomorrow ■ (Thursday ). These 
are expected to Include a working 
agreement via General Theatre 
Corp., whereby major U.S. product 
would be allocated to both GUT and 
Hoyts. Rydge plans to sail from 
Los Angeles for Sydney June 21. 

Besides this arrangement for more 
product Rydge carries with him a 
contract extending several years for 
Columbia product. He also has Uni- 
versal, Monogram and Republic pacts 
besidfes call on some Metro and 
Paramount films. 

Restoration of the old GTC align- 
ment however, is regarded as the 
main step towards restoring better 
relations between American distri- 
bution companies and Anzac ex- 
hibitors. In some quarters it's 
viewed as paving the way to the 
adoption- of a llVi% cancellation 
clause in exhibitor contracts rather 
than the 25% allowed by law in 
New South 'V^ales. 

GTC has beien Inoperative in Aus- 
tralia since the split up between GUT 
and Hoyts. Though not operating, 
it still retained Rydge and Charles 
Mimro, Hoyts' chief executive, as 
managing directors. Six posts on 
the, board of directors were divided 
equally between GUT and Hoyts. 

Restoration of the General Thea- 
tres setup resulted from about two 
weeks of huddles betwee- Rydge and . 
Munro, in New York, together with 
representatives of several major 
companies and National Theatres. 
Last named is a heavy stodl^older 
in Hoyts, 

While the new agreement on prod- 
uct bookings between Hoyts and 
GUT is expected to Insure elimina- 
ion of GUT pressure, stockholder 
pressure against U.S. majors, It 
leaves most American companies 
largely dependent on the new book- 
ing combination in spotting their 
pictures into key houses. Lifting of 
such pressure is counted on to quiet 
demands for that 25% cancellation 
in New South Wales, too. 

Exceptions to such dependence can 
be rated as Metro ana Paramount 
latter having two showcases of Ita 
own -in Australia, while Metro haa 
six theatres, with a seventh due to 
open in October. 



JACK DURANT OPENS 
COLD, BUT HE'S A HIT 



London, June 18. 

Although he was required to plane 
in from Plymouth, and went on un- 
rehearsed. Jack Durant, the AmerU' 
can comedian-hoofer, scored splen- 
didly yesterday In his opening as the 
headliner at the Palladium. 
. The Dandridge Sisters, harmonlz- 
ers, were unable to make the re- 
hearsal and consequently refused to 
open unrehearsed, Joe Termini re- 
placed and went over. 

At the Dominion theatre, 'Adelaid« 
Hall, Harlem songstress, was a click 
in her debut there. 



No Change of PoDcy 
At London's Drury 

London, June 13. 

Directors of the Drury Lane the- 
atre deny change of policy at the 
theatre upon the closing of 'Dancing 
Yeprs,' the Ivor Novello musical cur- 
rently one of the town's leading hits, 
which is playing at the house. 

Reported last week that the house 
would go to a twlce-nlghtly musical 
policy. 



14 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesdfiy, June 14, 1939 



MAN ABOUT TOWN 

(WITH SONQS) 

Hollywood, June 8. 
'ParnnoDnt nltnsa of Arthur Homblow, 
9r., production. Stars Jack Bonny, Dorothy 
I^amour, Edward Arnold, Directed by Mark 
6n'ndrlch, • Screenplay by' Morrli Ryaklnd; 
'based on story by M, Rvskind, Allan Scott 
and Z, Myers: camera. Ted Tetzlaft; editor, 
• iM Roy Stone; sonn, Matty Malneck, Fre't- 
erlck Hollander, Frank Loesaer. Previewed 
at Paramount, L, A„ June 1, 'OS. Running 
time: 83 MIN8. 

Tlob Temple iJack Benny 

X>lana Wilson Dorothy Lamour 

Sir John Arlington ,- .-Bdnard Arnold 

lAiy Arlington BInnte Bnmes 

Dubois Monty WooUey 

Mme, Dubois Isabel Jeans 

Ted Nash.... Phil Harris 

Eusan Betty Grable 

Hotohkiss B, E, CUve 

Bochester. , Eddie Anderson 

Uerrlel Abbott Dancers 
Matty Malneck'B Orchestra 
PIna Troupe 



Paramount here presents Jack 
Benny in a close resemblance to 
his radio personality, with plenty of 
laugh lines and smart quips. In- 
cluded in the cast are Eddie Ander- 
son (Rochester) and PhU Harris of 
his air 'show. Rochester provides 
much of the comedy, both as a toil 
for Benny, and solo, in addition to a 
liair of dance turns that highlight the 
picture. 

.'Man About Town' has its enter- 
taining and laugh moments, but is 
burdened with several production 
numbers and three songs- that slow 
things down considerably. Given 
hypo of Benny's radio plii^s, pic- 
ture will get. by for nominal biz in 
the keys, and give a good account of 
itself in the subsequent runs. Good 
and substantial family . fare with 
easily imderstandable comedy Snes 
' and situations. 

Benny saunters t)irough the pic- 
ture, dropping wisecracks and punch 
lines along the way. As a lothario, 
however, he's not so forte, and fails 
to register convincingly in his ro- 
mance passages. Basic story foun- 
dation Is not too strong. Same goes 
for most of the song and dance num- 
bers. Exceptions aife Rochester's 
dance turns, and well-routined, 
snappy and colorful acrobatic num- 
ber by the Merrlel Abbott Dancers. 
Rochester has a generous supply of 
healthy lines and situations, making 
the most of every opportunity to 
click prominently In sharing top 
honors with Benny. 
' Story presents Benny as a legit 
producer in London. Tabbed as a 
respectable bore by showgirls in the 
troupe, and unable to make an Im- 

gression on Dorothy Lamour, Benny 
ankers to acquire a rep as a lady- 
killer. Mild restaurant flirtation with 
Binnie Barnes develops compUca 
tlons when Miss Barnes and Isabel 
Jeans use the gullible Benny to 
arouse jealousies of their husbands. 
When the latter two go gunning for 
Beiiny, Anderson saves the day by 
turning up with a baby, and Miss 
liamour falls into Benny's arms. 

The three songs are lightweight 
and unimpressive in the film, al 
though since generously radio- 
plugged. Tidgety Joe,* by Matty 
Malneck and Frank Loesser, is sung 
by Betty Grable. Dorotl^ Lamour 
warbles 'Strange Enchantment,' by 
Frederick Hollander and Loesser: 
while Phil Harris assists Miss La- 
mour In delivering 'Sentimental 
Sandwich,* also by HoUander and 
Loesser. 'Enchantment' is easily the 
best 

Plwductlon dance numbers, aside 
from the Anderson routines and 
Irief, but effective acrobatic number 
by the Abbott troupe, add UtUe to 
the entertataiment side. Same goes 
for parade of the Petty girls, pert, 
pretqr and eye-appealing— but only 
extra footage which slov^s the tempo. 

Miss Lamour Is adequate as star 
of Benny's show, and is dressed 
smartly througfaouL Studio had to 
set . her close to the sarong, how- 
ever, 'in .brief tableux number, 
where she is draped in slave gir 
costume. Phil Harris handles nis 
role okay, and leads the Matty Mai 
neck ork in a couple of tunes. Ed' 
ward Arnold, Monty Wooley, Binnie 
Barnes and Isabel Jeans are satis- 
factory in respective assignments and 
Betty Grable is decorative in brief 
•pnearances. 

Despite an episodic script, which 
uses blackout situations In numer 
ous spots, director Mark Sandrlch 
keeps the t jce moving along stead 
Uy. Lapses occur in delivery of the 
three songs and the mild dance en- 
sembles, but these faults . are minor 
considering thp overall comedy 
values in the picture. 



It Could Happen to You 

20th-Fox release ot David Hempstead 
production. Features Stuart Ernin and 
Gloria- Stuart Directed by Alfred Wei-ker. 
Screenplay by Allen RIvktn and Lou Bres- 
low; based on original story by Charles 
HoKman; camera, Ernest Palmer: editor, 
Nick De Mngglo, At Palace, N. T., dual, 
week June 8. '30. Running time: 71 MINS. 

Uaeklnley WInalow Stuart Erwin 

Corls Wlnslow Gloria Stuort 

J. Hadden Qulgley Raymond Wnlburn 

Freddie Barlow« Douglas Fowley 

Agnes Barlow June Qnle 

Alfred WIman.... Clarence Kolb 

Sandy Paul Hurst 

District Attorney Richard Lane 

Fedley Robert Greig 



vate his best friend (Douglas Fow- 
ley) up the ladder ot success, there's 
plenty opportunity for laughs, and 
director Alfred werker makes what 
he can out ot them. Gloria Stuart 
convincingly plays the wife whose 
fast thinking extricates her men 
from the shadow of the electric 
chair and installs him as an exec in 
his advertlsiitg job. 

Erwin goes to the aforementioned 
party to corner his boss (who doesn't 
even Icnow Erwin works for him) 
and lay an advertising idea In front 
of him. When he gets home, after 
several barroom stops, the body of 
a night club singer Is found in his 
car. Thinking it "an open-and-shut 
case, the District Attorney has the 
guy tagged for the chain unable to 
convince the police of her husband's 
innocence Miss Stuart digs up the 
murderer herself. -Actual discovery 
is amtislng as she takes -Fowley over 
the groimd' the pair covered on the 
way nome, but the only way. he can 
remember where they stopped is by 
getting as drunk as he was on that 
night 

When it's discovered that the body 
was placed in Erwin's car by the 
murderer because two cars were 
identical. Miss Stuart is grabbed by 
the one who did it and Fowley pro- 
vides more laughs by getting cops 
via speediifK around the countrvfioS' 
to gather covey of speed chasers 



MiniatDre Reviews 



■Man Abont Town' (Par). Jack 
Benny's radio personality and 
laugh lines provide good com- 
edy. Katies okay biz. 

'It Conld Happen t« Ton'. 
(20th). Average dualer. Stuart 
Erwin and Gloria Stuart top 
cast. 

'Missing Danghters' ( Col). 
Humdrum^ meller of how a col- 
umnist thwarted the vice ring. 
Minor duMer. 

•Idslde Ir.rjrmaUon' (U). Old 
theme meller in new setting, 
pleasing, for the secondaries. : 

The Zero Hour* (Rep). Mor- 
bid programmer destined tor 
lower duals, 

'North ot the Tokon' (Col). 
Charles Starrett starred in an In- . 
genlous mountie meller. 

The House of Fear' (U). Pro- 
gram whodunit will suffice as 
chiller, filler tor bottom duals. 



behind hii 



MISSI 



JOT 



AUGHTERS 



Columbia prad^ctlon and releane. Fea- 
tures Richard McUn, Rocbellel Hudson, 
Marian Marsh, laabtWewell. Directed by 
C. Coleman, Jr. Orlelnal - scigenplay, 
Michael L. Simmons aniK^eorge Bricker; 
camera, Henry Freullch; eoltei:, Gene Hav- 
llck; music, M. W. Stolott. >n.J3J6be, N, 
T., week June 10, '88, dual. Running time: 
es M1N8. 

Wally King RIclittrd Arlen 

Kay Roberts Rochelle Hudson 

Josle Lamonte,..; Marian Marsh 



Peggy Isabel Jewell 

Lucky Rogers Edward Raouello 

Brick McGirk...., ..Dick Weasel 



XIck Eddie Kane 

Captain McGraw..'. Wade Boteler 

Al Farrow Don Beddoe 

Doris.,,....'. Claire Rochelle 



suspension and tracks down hiding 
place ot the gang. When just about 
to get a donfession about the gang 
igherups, from a stooge who is 
bihnped off, Carey puts Foran into 
a (sell tor disobeying suspension 
rulea While incarcerated, Foran 
modos a clay head of the gang 
leader from' a police alias record; 
convinces Capt Carey that Richards 
is their man and science can win 
over brawn, and the gang is run to 
earth. 

Lament's direction is better than 
usual, which can be attributed to 
having a story with teeth to work on. 
Alex Cottlieb's adaptation is good, 
barring overemphasis of Carey's stu- 
pidities. 

Miss' Lang hasn't much to do. ex- 
cept look fetching, whilfe Mary 
Carlisle somehow fails to convince 
as a gimman's molL 



Mild programmer for lower-spot 
dualling. Vice-ring melodrama as 
Indicated in the tiUe, it's virtually a 
carbon ot umpteen previous how- 
,;irls-go-wrong yarns, some of which 
iiave been better and a tew worse 
At l>est it's a threadbare subject— and 
'Missing Daughters' is hardly best 

Story deals with a racket gang 
that operates a dance hall, obtain- 
ing its hostesses through stooge tal- 
ent agents and tossing recalcitrant 
girls into the river. A Kover Boy 
newspaper and radio columnist 
teams with the sister of one ot the 
victims to uncover the culprits. All 
strictly lurid stuff of the pulp mag 
vintage and incredibly hoked up tor 
the moron segment . 

Direction and photography are 
routine and the acting is limited by 
the material Richard Arlen is satis- 
factory In a stereotype portrait of the 
columnist Rochelle Hudson Is char- 
acteristically stiff as the avenging 
sister. Marian Marsh and Isabel 
Jewell passable In pasteboard parts, 
while iSdward Raquello Is the usual 



THE ZERO HOUR 

Republic release of Sol C. Stegel produc- 
tion. Features Frieda Ineacourt, Otto 
Kniger. Directed by Sidney Salkow. 
Original screenplay, Garrett Fort; camera, 
Ernest Miller: editor. William Morgan, 
Reviewed In Projection Room, N. T., June 
8. Running Time, eS MINB. 

Linda Matsh Frieda Inescort 

Julian Forbes ...Otto Kruger 

Susan Adrlenne Ames 

Brewster Don Douglas 

Sophie Jane Darwell 

Timothy J. M, Kerrigan 

Beth,,..: Ann Todd 

Butler Leonard Carey 

Sister Theodosia .Sarah Faddcn 

Weber Ferris Taylor 

Lansdowne.... Wlllard Parker 

Doctor :. Landers Stevens 



Molded from exceptionally morbid 
material, "The Zero Hour,^ despite 
line performances by Frieda Ines- 
cort and Otto Kruger, is destined 
tor the -lower end of 'the duals. Its 
sole hope tor attention rests as 
tear-jerker for the women. 

Principals do as best they can with 
a story which telegraphs its denoue- 
ment before half the first reel is un- 

skimpy 



. , wound. Handicapped by 

villain and Dick Wessell and Eddie production, uninspired direction and 
Kane are standard types. . Wade | a pointless script the difficult theme 



Boteler brings some distinction to 
the nondescript part of a police offi- 
cial, while Don Beddoe is notable 
in an otherwise colorless role of fake 
talent agent Hobe. 



never clicks from the start 

Carefully nurtured by producer 
Julian Forbes (Kruger), Linda 
Marsh (I^iss Inescort) has bloomed 
into a Broadway star. Determined to 
marry, the couple motor to the coun- 

INSIDE INFORMATION I ^7r«,Usi"??«t^r??S?l= 
uo'i-VSiumnV » Sfg Mi^'f .^sp'tl 

Dick Fbran, Maiy Carlisle. Directsd by accidentally nm down and paralyzed 

Charles Lament. Adapted by Alex Gott- for lite. -Kruger insists marriage Is 
'i?rnirSe3;5iriJ?r.,i^''^^^^ ^Ut she vows to 

Ai Central, N. dual, June 12, '30. SUCK by mm. 

SShTi'ILI *l5I,'Af* MDiB. -Ensuing nine years Is an Intermin 

Kathleen: Burk .June ^g ^^j^ Interlude both tor MIss Inescort 



dian rookies constitute the back- 
ground for some super-sleuthing by 
mountie Cameron. Fact that 
Charles Starrett handles this role 
makes the film measure up higher 
than usual westerns in this series. 

Efforts of this crack sergeant ot 
the Canadian Mounted Police force 
him to feign having gon^ over to the 
ranks of the ttur-raldlng crooks. This 
is carried even to the extent of hav- 
ing him ordered out ot the R,C,Mf . 
service, with the dishonored officer 
running the gauntlet of fellow-mem- 
ber whips. It is all done to convince 
the crooked gang that he is no longer 
connected with the mountles. This 
results, es expected, in Cameron lo- 
cating the gang's hideout rescuing 
the girl and brlnglmr the outfit to 
justice. 

Besides a hangup performance by 
Starrett Paul Sutton lends realism to 
the fable with his characterization of 
the husky French trapper, who is 
triggerman tor the fur-raiders. Bob 
Nolan, who contributes bright songs 
to the picture, is impressive as Cam- 
eron's brother. Linda Winters looks 
like a possible new femme fave in 
the outdoor flickers as the mountain 
girl for whom the sergeant falls. 
'Sons of Pioneers,' radio harmony 
quartet provide a couple of music- 
ally pleasing moments besides help- 
ing to swell the ranks